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Climbing to the top

Topics on mountains provide great opportunities to get pupils learning outside the classroom

Topics on mountains provide great opportunities to get pupils learning outside the classroom

Topics on mountains provide great opportunities to get pupils learning outside the classroom. But a trip to the Andes is costly so why not bring the mountain to them?

Use two 50-metre climbing ropes and lay them across the school field. Set up a series of physical team activities - these can be anything that involves working together - leave signs with base camp, second base camp and so on, giving the idea of climbing a mountain. Split pupils into teams and talk about working as a team.

Make sure that when they are walking along the rope they always hold it in two hands. Get them to form a circle each time they get to a base. Along the way, stop and talk about what the weather conditions and climate may be like.

This lesson stimulated questions about mountains and provided a good level of physical activity without the cost or long plane journey.

Martin Van Hecke is a Year 6 teacher at Higher Lane Primary School in Bury, Manchester.

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