Steeple Claydon pupils ‘braver and more confident’ after adventure trip

Pupils from Steeple Claydon School abseiling at Edale
Pupils from Steeple Claydon School abseiling at Edale

Adventurous pupils from Steeple Claydon School were outward bound last month when 29 students fromYears 5 and 6 attended a residential course in Edale, in the Peak District National Park.

This report has been written by Year 5 and 6 pupils as part of their literacy curriculum.

Pupils from Steeple Claydon School in Edale

Pupils from Steeple Claydon School in Edale

For many of the Year 5s, this was their first time away from home without their parents.

Pupils took part in a wide range of adventure and outdoor sports .

The activities undertaken ranged from teambuilding, including raft building and races, to abseiling, potholing, leaping from high platforms and canoeing.

The first night’s activity was a night hike, learning about the history of the hill they were climbing, Mam Tor, and how it was developed to provide defence against intrudersfrom other towns.

Pupils from Steeple Claydon School in Edale

Pupils from Steeple Claydon School in Edale

Pupils particularly enjoyed weasling, a form of potholing, because it was fun to squeeze in and out of small holes between very large rocks and an excuse to getmuddy.

The most challenging activity for almost all of the pupils was abseiling off a very, very high bridge.

Halfway down, the wall disappeared and everyone had todangle and abseil down without anything to push themselves off.

After having been on the adventure trip, pupils have learned that you can do a lotmore things than you would imagine and that it can be fun to face your fears.

They know that they can be braver and more confident when they face bigger and harder challenges in their futures.

It was a great experience and fun to do all the sports and activities you’ve never had the chance to try before.

The instructors at Edale Youth Hostels Association were very welcoming, enthusiastic, patient and encouraging.

They helped all the pupils get through some very difficult challenges and used humour to distract them so the task didn’t seem so hard.

It was an amazing experience for all the children and teachers.