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Year 1 - Commando Joe

Commando Joe- YEAR 1

Throughout the last six weeks, Year 1 have developed a range of different skills with Commando Joe.  They have enjoyed team building activities which have encouraged them to communicate and co-operate as a class and in small groups.  They have grown in confidence and are more able to take risks.

 

During the classroom sessions the children have covered a variety of different topics including map reading skills and coordinates. The children had a great time designing a treasure map and working in pairs to practise reading and following coordinates. We also watched some fantastic presentations on surviving in severe weather conditions.

 

We finished our sessions with a trip to Wyre Estuary Country Park. The children were able to put into practise all the skills they had been learning over the last six weeks. We began the day with a walk around Country Park, following and plotting things we could see on the map. After lunch the children had a great time den building with materials they found in the woods. It was a huge success and the children thoroughly enjoyed it.

 

This is what Commando Joe’s latest recruits have to say:

‘We found a tree stump that looked like a dinosaur’, Joe.

‘I enjoyed sitting in the dens we made’, Lilli.

‘I liked doing the mannequin challenge in the woods’, Klaudia.

‘I liked collecting the branches for the dens’, Joshua.


Year 1 Commando Joe


Year 2  - Commando Joe

Over the past six weeks, Year 2 have been working hard with Commando Joe. We have been developing our communication skills, learning to co-operate and work as a team.

During our classroom sessions, we have learned observational skills and survival techniques. We have also learnt more about health and well being, and in practical activities, further developed our grit and determination. 

 Beacon Fell

In our final session we departed fully prepared to tackle the challenges of Beacon Fell. We had an amazing time completing a scavenger hunt and finding the hidden chocolate treasure. Our creative skills were put to the test, creating a series of sculptures. Looking at some of the pictures can you guess what we made?

This is what Commando Joes’ latest recruits have to say;

‘I was amazed when we found a baby frog in the grass at Beacon Fell and there was chocolate treasure all over.’ Ashton

‘Commando Joe disappeared – we couldn’t find him anywhere! Eventually we found him hidden up a tree!’ Callum

‘We could see for miles at the top of Beacon Fell. We were on top of the world.’ Tye

‘I loved sketching the sculpture’s at Beacon Fell. The tiger was great to draw.’ Oliver


Year 2 - Commando Joe 2016


Year 6 Commando Joe

Our sessions this year worked on developing our resilience and determination skills as well as our teamwork. We were presented with a wide variety of activities which challenged us to develop our teamwork skills and work with new people. It was good as we got to identify individual strengths and use these to work towards achieving our goals. 

For our visit to Beacon Fell we developed our map reading skills and learnt how to take bearings using a compass. These skills were vital in order to help us achieve our goal of completing an orienteering course around the fell. Whilst there we were also taught the importance or survival skills in the wilderness and worked in teams to create a shelter which would keep us safe from the elements. 


Year 6 Commando Joe


Year 4 Commando Joe

Over the last six weeks, children within Year 4 have been working with Commando Joe to build resilience, communication, teamwork and co-operation skills. The children have completed activities such as den building, orienteering, map reading and even some Geocaching.

The children consolidated all of these skills with a trip to Beacon Fell where they were able to apply and implement the skills they had acquired. 


Commando Joe Year 4



 

Year 2 at Beacon Fell

Over the past six weeks, Year 2 have been working hard with Commando Joes. We have been developing our communication skills, learning to co-operate and work as a team.

During our classroom sessions, we have learned observational skills and survival techniques. We have also learnt more about health and wellbeing, and in practical activities, further developed our grit and determination. I am sure we are ready to give Bear Grylls a few tips!

In our final sessions, after four weeks preparation, we split into two groups fully prepared to tackle the challenges of Beacon Fell. We had an amazing time completing a scavenger hunt and finding the hidden chocolate treasure. Our creative skills were put to the test, creating a series of sculptures, can you guess what we made?

This is what Commando Joes’ latest recruits have to say; Bella Mitchell

‘I loved training with Commando Joe. It made me feel fit and healthy!’ Joshua Bonham

‘Beacon Fell was great! I liked walking in the clouds.’ Genna Burns

‘Beacon Fell was a great place because we found treasure and searched for animal sculptures.’ Adam Friday ‘I enjoyed trying to find our way back to the bus at Beacon Fell.’


Year 2 - Commando Joe


Year 3 at Beacon Fell

Wow, what a busy few weeks Year 3 have had working with Commando Joes.

Throughout this half term we have been working on our team skills, including listening to each other, communicating effectively and helping each other, ready for our end of unit trip to Beacon Fell.

In our sessions, we have looked at different formations when travelling, and how they can be used to meet different objectives. We have worked as a team to build the highest structures with spaghetti and marshmallows. We even made our own aqueducts to help us collect water. Pictures of these tasks can be seen on our twitter page @kincraigy3 .

Finally we have used these skills to go on a scavenger hunt at Beacon Fell. As you can tell from the pictures below  we had a fantastic time, following clues, reading maps and searching for the different sculptures! We even used our formations to help us search for some hidden treasures.


Y3 Beacon Fell



Commando Joe - Breakfast Club


Every Wednesday morning, the children in Year 5 and 6 have the opportunity to attend Commando Joe's breakfast club. The children come to school early and join in with a range of team building exercises. Look what fun they have... 

Year 5 - Rock Climbing
 

On Thursday 15th October Year 5 went rock climbing to West View Leisure Centre in Blackpool. Over the last 5 weeks the year 5 children have been developing their skills and techniques ready for their final activity. Let’s have a look at what they have been up to.

Here’s what the children had to say,

Samuel Thayre: I liked going up the bouldering wall because it was such a challenge. We have learnt that teamwork is key.

Elise Richardson: It was amazing and we even got to help each other climb as a class. You have to learn to trust people when doing activities.

Jamie-Leigh Maughan: I really loved rock climbing and my heart was pounding all day!


Year 5 - Rock climbing


 

Week 1

During week one, we discussed fitness levels and took part in  the bleep test and counted how many sit ups we could do in one minute. Then, we took part in team games.


Commando Joe - Week 1


Week 2

In week two, we practised our observational skills.


Commando Joe - Week 2


Week 3

In week three, we practised our problem solving skills and working as a team.


Commando Joe - Week 3


Week 4

We thought about how to become independent and how to look at tasks in a proactive manner. We also created our own warm up dances.


Commando Joe - Week 4


Week 5

We reassessed our fitness after five weeks of hard work and we were all much fitter and enjoyed exercising in different ways.


Commando Joe - Week 5


 


Commando Joe - Inflatable Assault Course


We all couldn’t believe it when Commando Joe brought the inflatable obstacle course into school last Wednesday (11th March.) Everybody couldn’t wait to have a go – even the teachers! We had a fantastic time and hope he brings it to school again. 


Assault Course – Team work


Working with Year 6, Commando Joe has been developing skills of co-operation, teamwork and trust. He designed an assault course on the school field and children had to work their way around. They had lots of fun in the process. Let’s take a look…