Putting learning into practice on an overnight expedition

The boys from Albany went on an overnight expedition recently. After lining their backpacks with waterproof sacks they were ready to brave the elements, and set off for Dunkeld with Mr. Graham and Mr. Morrison. Once at their destination, they walked about three kilometres until they found the best place to pitch their tents, by Loch Ordy.

The boys have been studying river features in Geography. This was a great spot for them to  witness first hand the environments they’re learning about in the classroom. Looking down on the River Tay, they could identify the features they had learned about in class and see how the river had shaped the landscape. They could also take a good look at the mountain features they’ll be studying soon. What’s more, they had the chance to practise their map-reading skills.

An experience of this kind is a great way to encourage cooperation between the boys and allows them time to adjust to new class groups in an environment away from the school. But just as importantly, it’s great fun!

Here are some of the boys’ comments about their experience:

“We were pretty much roughing it out in the wild like Bear Grylls only we had everything we needed. In my opinion it was like being in a 5 star hotel in London.”

“I enjoyed the whole time we were away and the fact we could explore where we wanted.”

“I really enjoyed the laughs and the mega marshmallows we got from Mr. Morrison.”

“I really hope we get the opportunity to do this again sometime but for now we have the ski trip to look forward to.”

 

Reducing the autism employment gap

 

Falkland House School has added its voice to the National Autistic Society’s campaign calling on the government to double the number of autistic people in work. In this letter published in ‘The Independent’, FHS Director Stuart Jacob recommends they start by providing employers with the resources and training they need for a better understanding of the condition.

 

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/more-needs-to-be-done-to-help-those-with-autism-get-on-the-career-ladder-a7385406.html

Sign the petition:

https://act.autism.org.uk/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=10&ea.campaign.id=56776