Elite girls' school is teaching outdoor survival 'bushcraft' skills

Do you all have your axes, kinders? Elite girlsschool Rodean starts teaching pupils outdoor survival ‘bushcraft’ vaardighede

  • Pupils at the school in Brighton will learn how to use and axe and whittle wood
  • The pilot scheme for 11 en 12 year olds hopes to re-teach love of the outdoors
  • The girls will also be taught to predict the weather and interpret animal tracks
  • A £40,000-a-year school that lists film stars and politicians among its ‘old girlsis ditching the classroom in favour of lessons in knife skills and survival.

    Pupils at Roedean School in Brighton, will now spend some of their time learning how to use an axe and whittle wood.

    The year-long ‘bushcraftpilot is to help the youngsters, bejaardes 11 en 12, to re-learn a love of the great outdoors after the pandemic kept them indoors for months.

    The Friday afternoon sessions will also see the girls taught to predict the weather, interpret animal tracks, acquire gardening skills and trim an animal’s hoof.

    Pupils at Roedean School in Brighton, will now spend some of their time learning how to use an axe and whittle wood - as well as how to trim an animal's hoof (op die foto)

    Pupils at Roedean School in Brighton, will now spend some of their time learning how to use an axe and whittle woodas well as how to trim an animal’s hoof (op die foto)

    The year-long 'bushcraft' pilot is to help the youngsters, bejaardes 11 en 12, to re-learn a love of the great outdoors after the pandemic kept them indoors for months (Op die foto: Roedean student with a chicken)

    The year-long ‘bushcraftpilot is to help the youngsters, bejaardes 11 en 12, to re-learn a love of the great outdoors after the pandemic kept them indoors for months (Op die foto: Roedean student with a chicken)

    The Friday afternoon sessions will also see the girls taught to predict the weather, interpret animal tracks and acquire gardening skills

    The Friday afternoon sessions will also see the girls taught to predict the weather, interpret animal tracks and acquire gardening skills

    Teachers at the school (op die foto) that counts award-winning actress Rebecca Hall and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran among its past pupils, hope the sessions will also help the girls get away from screens and socialise

    Teachers at the school (op die foto) that counts award-winning actress Rebecca Hall and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran among its past pupils, hope the sessions will also help the girls get away from screens and socialise

    And making use of the coastline on which the school sits, pupils will study life in rockpools and find out which local plants are edible.

    Deputy head Dr Ross Barrand said: ‘Children have suffered enormously in the last 18 maande, staring at screens from their bedrooms and without a lot of interaction.

    ‘We wanted to incorporate a designated afternoon where they would be outside, come rain or shine.

    Teachers at the school that counts award-winning actress Rebecca Hall and Liberal Democrat MP Layla Moran among its past pupils, hope the sessions will also help the girls get away from screens and socialise.

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