An International Mountain Leader worked with Year 6 and afterwards wrote: “I have never worked with such confident, articulate and determined eleven year olds before. It really was remarkable how they overcame the various challenges individually and led each other as a team; I was so impressed.”

Camping is introduced early at Windermere with a parent and pupil camp for Year 2 within the school grounds. The children progress to a one night solo camp in Year 3, followed by a two night expedition and camp for Years 4 and 5 ending in a remote camp for Year 6. The remote camp involves the children carrying their own equipment and supplies into the Fells and camping for the night in the wild.

Fell and Mountain Walking
Our fell and mountain walking scheme involves the children walking with qualified Mountain Leaders in and around the Lake District. The children’s Fell Walking experience starts at three years old exploring the school grounds and also venturing out onto the lower fells. By Year 1, the children are climbing Wainwright’s first Lake District conquest, Orrest Head, which is located behind the School. Many lessons are carried out on top of this famous fell including Maths, English and Science. As the children progress through the school, opportunities are given to them to conquer some of the most famous Mountains that the Lake District has to offer including Scafell and Helvellyn. By Year 6, the children have learned basic Mountain Leader navigation skills including compass bearings, micro navigation, and contouring.

The beginning of survival training is learned within the Forest Schools programme, introduced in the Early Years. By Year 3, survival skills are introduced. Taking the children through a comprehensive journey of discovery into a world of first aid, bushcraft and water-based life-saving lessons, through to recovery positions, making bread on an open fire and learning to throw rescue lines on a river. These are all taught using the environment that surrounds us.


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