17 August 2012
The 15 May started with a hint of spring promise when 15 pupils from Doubletrees School arrived at Goss Moor. The key stage two children were keen to get out on site following a twenty minute bus trip and a rather long wait to use our sole on-site portaloo.
The children had various levels of autism so were accompanied by two teachers and a good number of teaching assistants to help them gain the most from the experience. Staff from Natural England were on hand to show them around the site and people from the Sensory Trust were taking notes on the day to help improve and inform future visits, both at Goss Moor and other similar sites.
Unfortunately by the time we were ready to start the adventure the weather had changed dramatically, with westerly winds and driving rain blowing across the site. So donned with wellies and wet weather gear the children commenced their journey along a wooded path into the depths of Goss Moor.
Any planned activities were literally washed aside as the children took control of their outdoor experience. They slashed in puddles, slide in muddy pools and generally enjoying getting very wet and muddy as we snaked along the path.
Thankfully the weather had lifted by the time we arrived at the clearing by the pond and with the promise of lunch coming soon the children eagerly involved themselves in pond dipping activities. Tadpoles were the most popular find and several of the children proudly displayed their knowledge of the amphibian’s life cycle.
The weather created more of an adventure then we could ever have planned but we do look forward to welcoming the children back on a sunnier day.
Blog by Dot Isgrove, Natural England
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