Two Year 7 classes were fortunate enough last week to experience a session at the TUMP.
The TUMP is an outdoor provision just across the road from us here at the Poly. It provides the local community with a haven in the heart of Thamesmead where people who visit can experience a woodland setting and many outdoor opportunities here on our doorstep.
The pupils from 7NV and 7MO and our DSP pupils had a fabulous day carrying out a range of team building activities in this beautiful woodland setting. The activities included avoiding the swamp, completing a deadly circuit, detonating an imaginary bomb, putting together a life size puzzle and the best bit of all making a shelter to withstand " the pouring rain and extreme winds".
This was a great opportunity for the pupils to get to know each other better and to see their tutors in a different light especially when the tutor was armed with the watering can to provide those extreme weather conditions!! In this setting the boys learn so much more about good communication skills and playing to their own strengths , it teaches them the true meaning of turn taking and collaborating with their peers in a purposeful way. The highlight for me was seeing one of our DSP boys really taking charge of one of the activities and his confidence in doing something where he could genuinely take the lead.
The boys and staff had a really fun session and learnt many things that cannot be learnt in the same way in a classroom!!
Our other tutor groups will get the opportunity to take part in these sessions later in the school year.