Step aside Bear Grylls, because intrepid Curdworth primary pupils have been sharpening their forestry skills and building a hotel for mini beasts as part of the school’s ‘WOW’ Week.
The termly fun week – which is designed to educate pupils in an engaging and creative way – saw children explore and learn in the great outdoors, while developing key skills such as resilience and teamwork.
This year’s mini beasts topic gave the young explorers the opportunity to develop their understanding of their new eight-legged friends. “I loved holding the spider,” said adventurous year one pupil, Sophie. The children were also able to ‘ask the expert’ Kristan Harness some fang-tastic questions, before finishing the week with a forest and bush craft skills session.
Headteacher Lisa Dodd said:
“At Curdworth we work hard to put the fun into learning through the delivery of an engaging curriculum. We recognise that we have a responsibility to bring learning to life in order to engage the children and motivate them to learn. Our ‘WOW’ Weeks are built into the curriculum to provide pupils with opportunities and challenges in a safe environment they might not normally experience at school and our children have benefited enormously.
The staff love ‘WOW’ Weeks just as much as the pupils and have embraced the chance to step out of their comfort zone and teach the children in a more creative way. Throughout the week the children have shown great resilience and motivation to complete tasks and enjoy new opportunities.”
Senior leader Daisy Chetwynd said: “WOW’ Week is a fantastic opportunity for our children to continue to develop life skills through practical and creative activities. It’s wonderful to watch the children show such confidence when stepping out of their comfort zone and bring their new learning into other aspects of school life.”