The Great Outdoors

Fishing

Our students from Key stage two and three have been taking part in an option to develop their fishing skills, and work towards their Cast awards. The students started the option in April and achieved many awards, some students did not want to touch let alone hold a fish, however after a few weeks they are picking fish up, taking them off the hooks and placing them back in the lake.

Students are sharing and helping each other to develop their skills, The group have dealt with some mixed weather over the past few weeks, and also have had some amazing catches, with a group catch of around 40lb of fish in one session.

The students have fished on the various lakes at our local fishing lakes, Coppice Lakes, and both fishing coaches have agreed that the group are a pleasure to work with and are pleased with their progress in such a short time.  Well done to you all.

Cycling

Biking this year has been great fun for all involved, from the wind and the rain, to glorious sunshine over Cannock Chase! At the start of the school year, we treated ourselves to some new bikes, to which our pupils thought were awesome! This year we have had 2 afternoon sessions which involved pupils of different ability levels. Our Tuesday group have explored new skills on the bikes, many pupils lacking confidence on the bikes pushed themselves to their limits in tackling different terrain. Dylon showed excellent bravery in continuing to ride every week after a few dramatic falls! Our Tuesday group especially enjoyed going through the stream and getting as wet as possible!

Our Thursday group loved going along the more difficult routes, Josh showing off his skills at the front with Ivan been left in his dust! Cardiac Hill proved as challenging as ever with not everybody completing the climb! Both groups continued to bike in some horrible weather conditions with smiles on their faces, which they deserve a mention for! Both John and Ivan have really enjoyed taking the pupils over Cannock Chase over the past year, even when freezing cold and wet and look forward to taking new pupils next term!