I am a regular watcher of Countryfile and, when I saw them advertise their ‘Countryfile Ramble’ in aid of Children in Need, my mind immediately went to how I might get the kids at school involved. I am always looking for opportunities to get the pupils outside and realising the joy of walking in the countryside. Our school, Michael Drayton Junior (MDJS) is a big one… over 500 pupils, so the logistics of organising that many pupils off-site, with the staff involved was a little too epic in the short time I had to organise it, so I settled for trialling it out with my eco-committe of 16 members. We have one child from each class elected to be the class representative and we try to meet every month. I thought it would be great to get this group involved and put it to them at our meeting. We would spend an afternoon rambling around our local area and then try to raise money, by either donating or being sponsored. The eco-committee were really keen, so we arranged it for the following Monday afternoon; the day after the programmes weekend events.
The pupils were raring to go on Monday afternoon! We all had our Children in Need MDJS flags. The Year 6 boys had even dressed up! Wren was joining us, along with two other members of staff and we set off to work our way around Hartshill Hayes, a great woodland resource right on the school’s doorstep.
We took a couple of Pudsey bears too and the children chose where to take photos of them!