CHILDREN at Benson Primary School have completed an education award scheme backed by the Duke of Cambridge.
The SkillForce Junior Prince’s Award helps children develop character, resilience and confidence as well as teamwork and problem-solving skills.
They took part in activities including teamwork challenges, first aid and outdoor pursuits, including navigation and map reading, and community projects, such as laying wreaths on Remembrance Sunday.
Twenty-four year six pupils at the Oxford Road school completed the 12-week programme.
They were presented with certificates at a special ceremony attended by their parents where they demonstrated some of the skills they had learned, including CPR. SkillForce instructor Chris Peacock said: “This is a phenomenal group. They have worked exceptionally hard and they have been a laugh a minute but at the same time an absolute credit to the school.”
Headteacher Helen Crolla said: “The programme has been a welcome addition to the curriculum.
“It has been wonderful to see children enjoying learning outdoors, co-operating with each other and gaining confidence.
“The school is offering the programme to all pupils in Key Stage 2 and exploring future projects for younger pupils.”
SkillForce draws on the skills of mainly former services personnel and supports their transition back into civilian life.
For more information, visit www.skillforce.org