Pupils at Fountain Head House School, a co-educational school for children with special education needs based in Saltash, have been learning outdoor survival skills and basic first aid, in preparation for their Duke of Edinburgh expedition.
The weekly sessions, led by 'Footsteps of Discovery', a team of expert instructors who are predominantly ex-military personnel, will teach the children a range of basic survival skills, including how to safely light a fire, cooking outdoors, building a shelter, orienteering, plant and tree identification plus cord making using natural fibres.
Headteacher Thereza de Lucca said: “Outdoor learning is a great way for our pupils to develop their teamwork skills, build confidence and also learn some new practical skills that they can continue to make use of throughout their adult lives. Learning basic survival skills in addition to first aid, will go a long way towards preparing them for a successful DofE expedition, but also potentially open up new opportunities to them that they may not have considered before”.
Thereza added: “Given our enviable location, with Dartmoor, miles of coastal walks and stunning beaches right on our doorstep, we are keen for our pupils to develop a love of the outdoors and nature, particularly as spending time outdoors is shown to improve, physical, mental and spiritual health, enhance personal and social skills, plus improve your general sense of wellbeing”.