Pupils take shelter this inclement summer

Hillside First School survival day. Pupils took on a number of survival challenges after hearing the story of Robinson Crusoe. Building shelters.

Hillside First School survival day. Pupils took on a number of survival challenges after hearing the story of Robinson Crusoe. Building shelters.

Youngsters from one east Dorset school learned the art of survival as they battled the elements of an inclement British summer.

The Year 2 pupils from Hillside First School, part of Wimborne Academy Trust, took part in a ‘Survival Day’ as part of their geography lessons.

And their survival instincts were needed when they spent their time outdoors on a rain-lashed day.

From building shelters to firing with real bows and arrows, the children enjoyed a taste of being like Dorset’s famous Bear Grylls.

Hillside First School survival day. Pupils took on a number of survival challenges after hearing the story of Robinson Crusoe. Building shelters.

Hillside First School survival day. Pupils took on a number of survival challenges after hearing the story of Robinson Crusoe. Archery.

Headteacher, Jeremy Harrison, said: “The children had an amazing day despite the weather and all managed to survive!

“At the end of their day-long adventures they received a special survival badge as a memento.

“I’d like to say an enormous thank you to everyone who supported us on the day, including local scout leaders.”

The survival day complemented the children’s geography topic about islands and their literacy lessons, which are focusing on Robinson Crusoe.

Their adventures took place on the school field and in the local heathland in Verwood.

Other activities included fire lighting with flint and steel, making water filters, identifying plants and finding evidence of animals on the heath.

The children also made fruit kebabs for a healthy lunch.

Hillside First School survival day. Pupils took on a number of survival challenges after hearing the story of Robinson Crusoe. Making clean water.

Hillside First School survival day. Pupils took on a number of survival challenges after hearing the story of Robinson Crusoe. Making clean water.

CEO of Wimborne Academy Trust, Liz West, said: “There’s nothing like taking learning out in the great outdoors, even when it’s raining.

“It was wonderful to see local scout leaders help the school on this fantastic adventure for the children.

“Not only has this enriched their topic learning but it has also taught them some very valuable life skills.”

Hillside First School in Verwood is one of 11 first and middle schools in east Dorset that make up Wimborne Academy Trust.

 

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