Children enjoy the great outdoors

Youngsters from Stanley St Andrews Primary School are pictured during the special day organised by the Erewash School Sport Partnership.
Youngsters from Stanley St Andrews Primary School are pictured during the special day organised by the Erewash School Sport Partnership.

More than 200 schoolchildren were encouraged to get adventurous in the great outdoors as part of two special events held by Erewash School Sport Partnership.

The partnership organised two outdoor activity sessions and invited Shardlow and Draycott Community Primary Schools to take part at Long Eaton School while Hallam Fields Junior School in Ilkeston was the venue for Ladywood Primary, Stanley St Andrew’s Primary, Kensington Junior and Chaucer Junior schools.

Children were given the opportunity to try Nordic walking, orienteering and a number of problem solving and team-building activities.

Rhian Lilley, Erewash School Sport Partnership development manager, said everyone had a great time.

She said: “We wanted to give them some different challenges so they’ve had a go at Nordic walking, orienteering and problem solving activities to develop teamwork and communication skills.

“For example in one game, one of them was blindfolded and they had to get from one point to another with the help of a friend. Some of these activities will be very different to what they are used to.

“We also hope it has given the teachers ideas to take back into their schools as adventurous and outdoors is part of the PE curriculum now.”

David Stevens, a teacher at Ladywood Primary School, said the session had definitely given him some good ideas.

He said: “There’s been a lot of teambuilding work where they’ve had to work together to solve a problem.

“They’ve absolutely loved it, especially the orienteering and I would love to take some of these activities back into school and try them out there.”

Daniel Wordley (10) is a pupil at Stanley St Andrew’s Primary School in Ilkeston.

He said: “The orienteering was good fun and I liked one of the activities called island escape where we had to get our team members to one point safely.

“We’ve done lots of different things and I would love to do some of these activities in school too.”

Nicky Godridge, PE teacher at Field House Infant School in Ilkeston, said: “The children have loved it.

“The idea has been to give them a taste of all the different sorts of outdoor activities they can do, they’ve been able to try a bit of everything on offer.”

Catherine Hughes, from the Midlands Nordic Walking organisation, said: “We just gave them a taste of what Nordic walking is like because it takes three or four sessions to really get into it.

“It’s great exercise and it works their brains too because it’s also about hand-eye co-ordination.”