Lendrick Muir/Letham Primary School Partnership24 September 2021
6 Benefits of an Autumn/Winter School Residential Trip21 August 2023
Over the last few years, the team at Alltnacriche has been getting to know pupils and staff at Drummond School in Inverness.
Drummond is a school for young people with Additional Support Needs and includes both primary and secondary pupils. Initially, the team went to visit the school, introducing the young people to some outdoor activities and this led on to day visits to the centre.
The school staff worked closely with the Alltnacriche team, to create experiences that would help enrich learning for the young people, in line with Curriculum for Excellence.
‘The team at Alltnacriche were wonderful… there’s always lots to be done in meeting the needs of the individual young people in the group. For example, creating visual timetables with meaningful symbols to help in preparing for the day. There was a genuine, collaborative attitude, with the team ready to learn and develop their approach.
Hannah explains, ‘For the Bible story, we did practical retellings of Jesus’ miracles. For example, for the feeding 5,000 story we used the outdoor spaces available so that the young people could imagine being part of the story as we walked around, sat and talked. We got really positive feedback from the school staff who hadn’t really heard the stories told in that way before.’
‘The outdoors itself and activities in the outdoors are both so beneficial to the wellbeing of young people and we’re working hard to develop both our skills and our facilities. Over the winter, our team also engaged in soft skills and neurodiversity training to help us work well with young people with a variety of different support needs.’
– Hannah Steeds, Ministry Development Co-ordinator, Alltnacriche
So, what about the long-term benefits? Isabel comments, ‘Some of the young people achieved a John Muir Award through the visits, and now we’ve actually decided to take some young people away for a residential trip this year.
This article was taken from the July 2023 edition of @SU Magazine.
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