A second practice expedition set off on Sunday 14 May 2017 with seven groups of Year 10 students walking between 18-22km

in the Pewsey Vale to replicate a  Duke of Edinburgh bronze assessment day. The walk took up to 6 hours for most groups, including breaks, refueling lunch stops, project work and included 4 hours and 30 minutes of walking time. The 48 students planned their own route via checkpoints using their improving map reading and navigation skills.

Criss-crossing the villages of the Pewsey Vale, some groups opted to stay in the vale, following local footpaths, byways and the tow path, whilst others explored the Wansdyke area, Picket Hill, Swanborough Tump and Woodborough Hill for some magnificent views of our local area, and ending in Wilcot for a debrief and rest!

Survival cooking skills is our next focus, with our 48 DofE bronze  students planning their next expedition on Thursday 8 June 3.30-4.30pm with DT staff, focussing on:

  • Meal planning for the expedition:2x lunch, 1evening meal, 1 breakfast plus snacks and drinks
  • Use of the trangia cookset
  • Understanding the principles of good nutrition and healthy eating

On Tuesday 27 June 3.30-5pm we are then planning on a practical activity  where students work in their groups and make a small meal using the trangia outside, before their practice walk on 29/30th June. Students are reminded to come along to these enrichment practice sessions in appropriate clothing, suitable for the English weather with waterproof coat and sensible foot wear.

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