This was the first inter-activity of the year for Ravenswood, Baytree and New Siblands Schools and it was a beautiful warm sunny day to enjoy working in the outdoors. We were learning to explore the outdoors whilst following an orienteering course; pupils had to follow a trail of about one mile through the deer park, looking for animal pictures and ticking a chart when they were found. A drink, snack and some games were enjoyed before we started, then all the schools started walking downhill towards the first picture and the deer park, taking care not to slip and to look carefully for rocks and logs to step over.
We were truly spoilt to get so close to the deer and stopped to admire their elegance, a lovely walk through the fields, collecting the pictures of woodland insects and animals as we went. Well done Jamie for finding a picture. One pupil said: "Wow, deer are my favourite animal ever".
Inter fixtures provide an opportunity to work with pupils from other schools, to explore different cultures and develop communication skills. Staff can share best practice whilst working in a different environment. The government targets are for all pupils to have sporting opportunities away from the school. Working in a public place enables pupils to enjoy the outdoors whilst representing their school and learning lifelong behaviours that are acceptable.
Many thanks to all the staff for organising the paperwork and bringing the pupils to the event.