Today, Year 6 were taken blindfolded into the Peak District. Using the skills they learnt throughout our Island Survival topic, they had to make their way safely back to school using navigation and map reading skills. Along the way, there were a series of challenges: shelter building, the universal edibility test, signalling and helicopter landing site, cleaning water, camouflage, identifying where on the map they were and first aid.

All children returned safely back to school without any injuries! Children navigated and walked at least 5.5 miles across open countryside. They used their 6-figure grid reference skills and compasses bearings to plot out a route. They took turns to lead the group and used known landmarks to navigate.

“When we were doing one of the survival challenges, we were checking it was safe Mrs Rodgers had suddenly ‘fallen ill’ and we had to do first aid. Someone said  there were only a few nettles. Mrs Rodgers burst out laughing!” Erin.

“It was such a good week because it was my first time going to the Peak District and it looks amazing!” Rehan.

“Oli became our tour guide on the way back to school.” Isobel.

“When we needed to camouflage ourselves, we smeared mud on our faces.” Elodie.

“I now know how to make sure food in safe.” Connie. “Contact, put it on your tongue for 15 minutes, then chew it for fifteen minutes and finally swallow.” Veanna. “You wait 8 hours before you see if there is any sign of illness.” Erin.