As part of their John Muir Award pupils from Ross High ventured out of school and into the woods. Here, with the help of the Rangers and Outdoor Learning service, they aimed to discover more about the benefits of the woodlands for themselves as well as the wildlife. Taking on various challenges they perfected their animal climbing skills (which will be explored later…)
The woods were not a new discovery of a wild place for the group. On a previous visit to the area they had selected and cut down sections of trees to begin laying down a new path to make area more accessible for everyone.
Revisiting this area again they were able to see how their work had been continued. In further exploring the woods it was obvious that not everybody is as careful and considerate of the woodlands as one would hope or expect. To help conserve the area and make the woods safer to enjoy for themselves and others (human and wildlife) a quick sweep and litter pick of the woodland floor was done. There was plenty to be found…
Having helped make the area cleaner and safe for everyone the pupils had a go at completing some woodland challenges. The first was to try and get between two large oak trees by balancing on a single line! Here were some of the different ways. Everyone managed to get across but maybe not quite as fast or graceful as a squirrel would have!
Next the pupils tried their hand at climbing up trees (well a cable ladder attached up a tree!)
It was a lot harder than it looked! Most pupils, however, were able to get all the way to the top and this gave them a chance to see things from and in a different way.
Finally there was a chance to have a go at ‘flying’!
As humans it is great to think about and admire lots of different things. The pupils decided there were lots of abilities different animals had that they would quite like – including to fly like a bird and have the speed of a cheetah.
Overall it was great to explore more of this woodland area, discover different ways of enjoying it by thinking about how different animals climb around and use the woods, and to make it a cleaner place for everyone to enjoy. Hopefully you have enjoyed reading about and sharing in this experience and maybe you will get a chance to go down to the woods today (or sometime soon)…