Throughout the year I have had the pleasure of taking the Key Stage 4 pupils at Spring Brook Academy through their Duke of Edinburgh Award. This year we have had 2 groups – 1 Silver and 1 Bronze group – and it is so satisfying seeing our pupils grow in leadership, independence and responsibility.
The Key Stage 3 pupils are constantly asking if they can get involved with outdoor activities and towards the end of each academic year it is my pleasure to take groups of the younger pupils out to have fun and learn a little about the countryside.
Over the past 2 weeks we have visited Saddleworth Moor and Middle Black Clough waterfall, both in gorgeous weather. It has been amazing to see our pupils working together and problem solve to be able to explore different terrains and challenge them to be able to physically get from one point to another. It is also great to show these children the beauty of our local countryside and show them that there are amazing places to respect and enjoy just outside of the estates that they live in.
Well done everyone for taking on the challenges set and behaving so well in the great outdoors, hopefully this will become more regular in the upcoming years.
If you liked this post, have you also seen Mr Hopkins’ blog on our Spring Brook Upper Sports Afternoon (please click here) and our School Games Gold Mark Award news (please click here) – we certainly don’t let the grass grow underneath us at Spring Brook!!