Kids learn survival skills in new scheme

It’s all fun and games for pupils at a Kirk Hallam school as they learn how to survive in the wilderness.

Twelve children and their parents took part in the practical session at Dallimore Primary in the woods at the back of the school.

The Forest Schools programme aims to provide children with the core skills needed to be able to fend for themselves outdoors.

Year one teacher Chloe Kniveton, 23, has been training for a year to become a qualified Forest Schools leader.

She said: “We are teaching them to develop social skills, team building and problem solving.

“It was great to give everyone the opportunity to learn outdoors. The children and parents loved it.”

The day’s activities included learning to build fires, crafting weapons and building dens.

Dallimore’s PE co-ordinator, Lucy Haywood, is also taking part in her own similar mini project called Outdoor Adventures with students at the school.

“Schemes like this are very similar to Guides, Scouts and Brownies,” she said.

“They don’t seem to be popular any more and replacing them is important.”