Success for All
Adventure-loving youngsters enjoyed an adventure survival week at their Sunderland school, to learn more about nature.
Children at Valley Road Community Primary School had fun in the great outdoors as they took part in a whole week of activities on the theme of Teddy Bear Grylls.
Favourite teddy bears were invited along to make the adventure very special for the pupils.
Debra de Muschamp, headteacher at the Hendon school, said the children had a really great time celebrating nature and the outside world, and didn’t want the fun to end.
Pupils in Key Stage One and Two spent the week carrying out a range of survival activities such as making their own tribal flags, den building in and around the school grounds, and learning traditional fire-lighting skills around the fire pit.
The children also took turns to bake willow branches on the camp fire to make charcoal.
Ms De Muschamp said all the children came together to play and learn and staff were very proud of them.
She said: “Throughout the week, the children demonstrated great skills in leadership, team work, problem solving and determination.”
The week also saw pupils put their dance and movement skills to the test, by taking part in a two-day dance festival, learning dance styles from Bollywood to Brazilian from special visitors to the school.
Another highlight to the week was the children in Key Stage Two, who tried their hand at tie dying and created an Outdoor Week school flag.
The children looked at a range of different artistic techniques they could use to create different colours and patterns which would create an outdoor-themed picture on the fabric.
The delighted headteacher said: “At the end of the week to celebrate and showcase all the fantastic work, which the children had created, all the pupils took part in a traditional campfire sing-song.
“The winning Teddy Bear Grylls Survival T-Shirt was shown, and the tie dye Outdoor Week school flag was raised and celebrated.
“It was a fantastic week, with lots of fun and enjoyment for all the pupils taking part.
“The week ended with fish and chip Friday on the school field. Some children said that it had been the best week ever.”
Valley Road Community Primary School is a Great Active Sunderland School.
Valley Road Community Primary School is celebrating achieving the Gold award for the Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter.
The Great Active Sunderland School Charter has been developed to be a celebration of school’s who are improving the health and wellbeing of pupils, creating sport and physical activity opportunities and being a great community school. The Charter has 18 elements with schools across the City working towards achieving enough components to gain either a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard.
Valley Road Community Primary School has worked hard to encourage its students to embrace a culture of exercise, physical activity and healthy eating and have been rewarded by achieving the Gold award.
Councillor John Kelly, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, commented that “The Great Active Sunderland School Charter is an innovative accreditation developed with the aim of ensuring schools work towards the city’s outcome of; ‘All together an Active Sunderland’ and ensuring that schools are recognised for the important work that they do in physical education, sport, physical activity and in the community”.
Debra De Muschamp the head teacher of Valley Road Community Primary School is very proud of the school becoming one of the first schools in Sunderland to be awarded the Gold award for the Great Active Sunderland Schools Charter. The Charter has proved to be a great improvement tool and gives credit to the school for its achievements in creating a culture of sport, exercise, physical activity and healthy eating.