Student Work

Adventure School – preparing for expansion

Battling through the undergrowth

Adventure School is going from strength to strength – it’s really popular with the students and staff, and we are always looking to see how we can improve it and make it better.

So, for the first session this week we put some time (and effort) into expanding the workable area we currently have. You see, in the long term we have plans have a main hub, a shelter building and camping area, as well as soft archery ranges, a slackline area, as well as permanent shelter / classroom and a designated all-year-round hammock area.

All of the students worked really hard, awing, cutting and removing dead wood and lots of brambles. We have a long way to go, but it was good progress. The students enjoyed some popcorn and s’mores around the camp fire later that morning as a ‘thank you’ treat.

Onward and upward!

Adventure School takes shelter

Taking shelter from the Go Outdoors

The Derrymount Adventure School has been running for half a term so far and the students who chose this as one of the KS4 options have enjoyed a range of activities so far, including:

  • Cooking a range of meals and snacks using our fire pit
  • Learning the necessary knife skills to be able to split wood, make tent pegs and whittle
  • Learning knots and lashings and making simple structures
  • Putting up a range of tents
  • Making shelters using a tarpaulin
  • Soft archery and slacklining

Putting up tents
Soft archery
Making shelter
Fire Pit

The students have also worked hard to help clear and expand the Adventure School area.

A slight weather worry

Despite the successes of our first half term running this new Adventure School option, Andrew and I (we conceived and run the Adventure option) had a slight worry in the back of our minds about how we might keep running when the weather turns against us. You see, whilst it might be our every wish to keep taking the young people outdoors for their dose of fresh air and ‘green time’ – a natural therapy we get from a connection to nature – we are aware of the practicalities and pragmatic issues that arise when the weather is wet and cold.

We had managed to put some tarps up before, but they were less than adequate as they kept pooling water and being ripped down by the weight of the water.

We had also begged some small canvas frame shelters and these gave us some protection over the elements over the fire pit area.

But providing a larger sheltered area was still our aim.

Go Outdoors to the rescue

You can imagine the relief and appreciation then when our local Go Outdoors store in Arnold supplied us with a large ‘reject’ tunnel that was destined for the scrap heap (or recycling, I hope). The saying ‘one man’s rubbish is another man’s treasure’ comes to mind as we now have a large sheltered space that will enable us to keep our Adventure School ‘outdoors’ through the winter and allow us to even sleep out over the winter – the students are so keen to try a winter survival camp when the weather turns cold; a real sign of just how much our students are enjoying and relishing their time outside doing something new.

Roll on the DofE season – we plan to put our first groups through the Bronze Award – and plenty of more Adventure School opportunities.

Thanks to Go Outdoors, our students can all now ‘go outdoors’ whatever the weather.

Tim Meek

 

Polli:nation

Pupils at Derrymount School have been searching their school grounds looking for pollinating insects. They are part of a national project to engage young people and improve biodiversity.

They are part of the Arnold group writing about what they’ve found.

Adventure School – learning about tents

This week in Adventure School were are learning about the different kinds of tents. The pros and cons, and when and where different types of tents might be used, from high end mountain tents to cheap, quick to pitch, festival tents, a specialist tree tent, to bigger family/group tents.

Creative Digital Media – Blender Derrymount logo animation

I made this animation in Blender using keyframes and some compositing, for example colour correction and blur.
For the red circle particles I used a particle emitter and gave it an emission node.
Key frames are used for making movements in animations and are a key part of animating, they also play a part in what I did with the red circles.

Sharntai