Outdoor Education

This half term we’ve had some fantastic work being done in the great outdoors by many of our students.

Archery: My location of choice for this has been Spitchwick Common on the banks of the river Dart. It’s been fantastic to take a walk alongside the river and see it’s various.

Alternative Pursuits: Students have also been up at Spitchwick exploring and playing together. They’ve been using a small improvised stove to make hot drinks and toast marshmallows and therefore doing a fine job of clearing dead wood from the area.

Students have developed a great interest in skateboarding. Not a usual choice for outdoor education, but as this was pretty much how I spent my youth I certainly know the fitness benefits of this activity. We have been regular visitors to ‘The Lodge’ indoor skate park in Newton Abbot as well as Bovey Tracey outdoor park. Students have been progressing in technical skills, knowledge and confidence.

Climbing: Many students have been out and about climbing this half term. Students have all been scrambling on tors across Dartmoor and completed climbs and abseils on the Limestone crags and gulleys of Chudleigh Rocks, South Face. Many of these are quite daunting for beginners, so well done to all!

Some students have been using the indoor facilities at Dart Rock climbing centre and great progress has been made by a number of our learners.  It’s been fantastic to see their progress and become confident in this discipline.