Mud and merriment at Treverton
Grade 6 learns about the environment.
Treverton Prep’s Grade 6 recently spent three days in the Umkomaas Valley learning about themselves and their environment.
The venue for the excursion was Roselands, which is situated in the mist belt and is an environmentally vulnerable area of significance because it is one of the remaining breeding habitats of the endangered blue swallow. In this new environment the children learnt about the importance of the mist-belt grasslands and how they are being threatened by forestry and habitat destruction and how to identify exotic plant species.
Their learning experience was extended to exploring the beautiful Umkomaas Valley and this included spending a night outdoors in a makeshift shelter. Once more, they were faced with a new experience when they had to prepare their own food. Among the physical challenges that the Grade 6s encountered was the Commando Course, which they tackled in chilly weather, the children had a fantastic time navigating their way through a series of challenges and obstacles in thick mud and green algae!
The Roselands experience is an intense outdoor learning exercise that covers a large section of the grade 6 syllabus, especially in Natural Science. The beauty of these excursions is that the children learn while having fun, and the teachers have an opportunity to observe the children in a different setting, especially from a social perspective.
It was a very quiet and sleepy busload of children that made its way back to Treverton!