PUPILS from Roydon Primary Academy are being challenged to go hunting for bugs and sleep in tents as part of the ’50 Things to do Before You Leave Roydon” booklet.
The purpose of this challenge is for families to encourage their children to do as many activities as they can. Divided into places to go and things to learn, the list is a chance for the pupils to do things they wouldn’t have done otherwise. All families have been given a copy of the booklet, with the school also committing to helping the children complete the activities.
Headteacher Michael Clark said: “The list is all of the things we want 11-year-olds to have done before they move on to secondary school. They are life experiences and involve a lot of outdoor learning. We look after the academic side of learning, but we also want to make them well-rounded citizens for modern society.”
Activities such as riding a bike, playing a game of cricket and flying a kite are some of the options. They serve as life experiences and are events the children will remember from their primary school days.
Mr Clark went on to say: “The lift is a great prompt for parents. I don’t think I’ve ever flown a kite with my own children. The list has made me think I must do that to create memories with them. The children love coming in and sharing what they have done outside of school.”
All pupils have been given a folder to document these learning experiences. They can collect tickets and photos and create a memory book of all the activities they have done.