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Outdoor Classroom Days

Term Five

Throughout Term 5 the students at Venturers' Academy have enjoyed a diverse selection of extra curricular activities and organised day trips to nearby attractions.

The academy is very lucky to have such generous support from governors and doners, which helps provide funding for these opportunities for the students each term.

 

Preperations for their European excursion

This term the Y7 and Y8 students in Burgundy Class have been in training, preparing themselves for their trip to the Archèche in Term 6.

Students have practiced numerous hikes of different lengths, including regular walks around the parkland by Blaise Castle.

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On one occasion the students were joined by some younger students from Green Class, who joined them for a 4 mile hike. The students in Burgundy Class were excellent at encouraging the younger students to walk up the steep terrain and everyone enjoyed the beautiful countryside.

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The students have also taken to canoes and paddled down the river Wye. Within the day the students managed to paddle a distance of 10km, which was great endurance training for their Ardéche trip.

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A day at the beach

Students from Purple and Green Class enjoyed a trip to Weston-Super-Mare. A day to relax on the beach, soak up some sunshine, build sandcastles and finished with a cooling ice cream. This was a great opportunity for students to build new friendships and experience an 'out of routine' class day. 

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Building new friendships at Hop, Skip and Jump

Yellow, Blue, Red and Apricot Classes all joined together to visit the exciting pay centre called Hop, Skip and Jump in Kingswood. The centre has two sensory rooms, a soft play area, a music room and an outdoor adventure playground. The large variety of facilities on offer ensured all the students enjoyed their day, exploring and discovering all the equipment available.

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In Yellow Class, Hannah especially enjoyed dressing up as a princess, Jack really enjoyed the ball pools, Khalil loved all the different slides, and Ismail enjoyed playing in the music room. Blue Class students spent time playing outside in the beautiful sunshine and had fun exploring the ball pits and the sensory rooms.

At lunchtime the students had a picnic outside, as the weather was fabulous! The staff were very proud of all the students and saw new friendships forming across the classes. 

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Personal development through sport

Students from Red and Green Class have been taking part in football skills sessions lead by The Spectrum Project. Key objectives throughout the sessions included teamwork - motivating each other, and staying focused on the task at hand.

The ethos behind Spectrum is to increase and develop SEND provision in the areas of sport, leisure and personal development, and they strive to do this through their tailored programs within special schools and other specialist providers in Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

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A group of sporting stars from across the year groups at Venturers' were chosen to take part in a tournament at Bristol City Footbal Club at Ashton Gate. The students excelled themselves, winning every single inter-school match played! Well done Jamie, Luke C-H, Cerys, Leon, Saniya, Junior and Omar!

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Teddy bear picnics

The younger students in Orange Class enjoyed a teddy bear picnic on the academy playing fields. Students all sang songs and ate together outside with their teddy bears.

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A scientist for the day

The students in Y7 and Y8 enjoyed a day of science and engineering at @Bristol. The students enjoyed making animations, just like they do at the Aardman studios and created 3D objects that flew. They also discovered body shape changes in the strange mirrors, and experienced what it felt like to be in a giant womb! 

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Down on the farm

This term the students in Orange Class went on their first school trip to Windmill Hill City Farm. The class had a lovely day together with the animals. The students loved identifying the different animals and they especially enjoyed meeting a huge mummy pig and her piglets.

Mumtasa enjoyed stroking a goat, Louie loved the chickens and Mohammed recognised that vegetables were growing in the allotments at the farm. A successful first school trip for all involved.

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Red Class enjoyed a visit to Hartcliffe City Farm. The torrential rain didn't stop the students playing outside or discovering all the different animals in the pouring rain. All the students decided that they would like to go back again when it was dry!

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Woodland survival and at home with nature

The older students in Y7 and Y8 visited Farington Gurney to participate in outdoor learning as part of the Woodland Project. The leader of the project, Nicola, showed the students how to make wooden mallets using some very sharp tools, and how to start a fire without matches. The students participated in a nature trail and created their own imaginative world, with Cerys making some beautiful sculptures that became homes for bugs. 

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