Sleeping out under the stars

Outside the girls' tent on the village green in Roecliffe. (S)
Outside the girls' tent on the village green in Roecliffe. (S)
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Students at Roecliffe Primary School near Boroughbridge have had the chance to camp out under the stars.

As part of a ‘50 Things to Do Before You’re 11¾’ initiative, 51 pupils camped overnight on the village green.

They established camp, pitched tents, enjoyed a barbecue, made their beds, toasted marshmallows, slept under canvas, shared breakfast with their friends, took part in the bushtucker trial (eating grasshoppers and crickets), built dens and learnt survival techniques.

The camp was named with the imminent arrival of the Tour de France in Yorkshire in mind, being dubbed ‘Le Grand Camp’.

Headteacher Kerry Dalton said: “Le Grand Camp gave all pupils the opportunity to live-out our school values while experiencing first-hand the beautiful environment in which we learn every day.

“The progression in personal, social and cultural opportunities range from the day camp, an overnight camp, a three-day residential to France in Year 4, a visit to our capital city in Year 5 and a week-long residential in outdoor pursuits in Year 6.

“These alongside our fantastic range of learning opportunities beyond the classroom are what contribute to ‘outstanding’ behaviour and ethos at Roecliffe Primary School.”

In November 2013, Ofsted inspectors said that Roecliffe Primary School “provides a very rich and exciting curriculum, which ultimately ensures that all pupils enjoy learning, displayed in their behaviour which is ‘exemplary’”.