Survival Themed Days

An introduction to the essentials of human survival using real life stories and adventures from history, aimed at years 5-6

This day is split into 3 sessions and working in groups of up to 12, will focus on the essentials of survival.

Problem solving with appointed leaders

The children will need to solve a number of physical problem solving tasks by working together and sharing ideas. For each task one of the children will be appointed as leader and need to organise their team. This will be guided by the instructor in terms of Plan – Do – Review. We can discuss how Shackleton’s men encountered many problems along the voyage.  Tasks include:

  • Swamp Crossing
  • Snow Blinded
  • Frozen Sea
  • Man Over Board

Survival Ship Wreck Scenario: Shelter – Fire – Water

The team will be presented with the scenario of being ship wrecked. They have managed to salvage basic items from the ship including:

  • Kettle and pan
  • Water
  • Flour
  • Sail Cloth
  • Rope
  • Matches

Using this equipment they must make shelter, start a fire and make some bread to survive.

High Ropes

Dependent upon timings, 1-2 high rope elements can be built into the programme.  Using Jacob’s Ladder the children climb the rigging to the crow’s nest to search for land.  Using the Crate Stack the children will stack up provisions for the voyage.

This day can be delivered during the school day (10am – 2.30pm) or extended 9.30am – 4pm.

Well organised, a good amount of time for each task, plenty to do and everyone was able to join in at once. A fantastic day!

- Brookside Primary School