Recently pupils from key stage 4 enjoyed two days at Outdoor Elements centre Simonstone, Lancashire. Instructor Jim Bowen was on hand to share his knowledge of the outdoors and to teach the pupils some bush craft skills. On the first day Jim showed the lads how to do outdoor cooking, and how to prepare a tasty meal of roast pheasant. Watching this process helped them develop more of an understanding of what goes into the meat they get at the supermarkets.
The second day the lads got busy cooking. They helped with the preparation of the vegetables and getting the birds ready for the pot. Jim also showed them how to get the fire ready and more importantly boiling the kettle for coffee and hot chocolate. Whilst the birds were going in the pot the pupils also had some corned beef fritters and had time to explore the local woods. Then finally the pheasant was ready to be enjoyed. The pheasant was accompanied by a lovely vegetable stew and was enjoyed by everyone. The lads spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the forest again and working off their lunch.