Pupils experience new challenges

Joanne Mercer - nursing assistant and Karen Tholen - lead nurse from Kirks Vets with children about to operate. EMN-160623-105555001
Joanne Mercer - nursing assistant and Karen Tholen - lead nurse from Kirks Vets with children about to operate. EMN-160623-105555001

Pupils at a village primary school ditched their regular lessons in favour of a day of new experiences.

The now annual event saw Cranwell Primary School children invited to try something new.

Learning survival skills with Colin Owen. EMN-160623-105538001

Learning survival skills with Colin Owen. EMN-160623-105538001

Co-ordinated by Key Stage Two teacher Rebecca Hill, the aim is to encourage children to challenge themselves outside their comfort zone and experience new things by inviting various organisations, businesses and individuals in to give tasters to the children of all ages.

Everyone could select up to six experiences to try throughout the day and worked around them on a rota basis.

This saw youngsters learning what it is like to be visually impaired as part of a health promotion session with RAF Cranwell medics. This involved wearing special goggles to obscure their vision and challenged to catch and kick a ball.

Girls and boys undertook a pretend operation on a toy cat with veterinary nurses from Kirks Vets, gearing up with gown, caps and gloves around the operating table.

Youngsters with RAF Police Cpl Rachel Free and Cpl Billy Smith. EMN-160623-105608001

Youngsters with RAF Police Cpl Rachel Free and Cpl Billy Smith. EMN-160623-105608001

There were science challenges to build bottle rockets which were fired across the school field, judo moves taught by with instructor Barry Cooper and dance routine choreography with Emma Giles.

There were lots of arts, crafts and sewing classes, as well as cookery and sports such as rugby, tennis and football.

The RAF police allowed the children to have a go with the speed gun, police incident tape and megaphone, while school governor Colin Owen taught survival skills such as building a shelter and camp fire in the woods drawing upon his training with the RAF.

The children were supported by students from Carre’s, St George’s and Kesteven and Sleaford High School

Pupils goggle up to see how its feels to be viually impaired. EMN-160623-105623001

Pupils goggle up to see how its feels to be viually impaired. EMN-160623-105623001

Many of the skills being taught were by friends of the school, governors and parents. Pupils from Kirkby La Thorpe School were also invited to join in.