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Be Part of the Tribe at King's Hall

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New to our Hobbies here at King’s Hall, is The Tribe. It’s about doing things that, perhaps, some children might not have done before.

Centred around outdoor adventure, so far this term, the children have ‘cross-decked’ between trees, played spot-light, failed to build fires and gone hungry, succeeded in building fires and had marshmallows, played prison break, built dens and got wet and muddy on every occasion.

Extending learning outside the classroom in this way has enabled the children to play and learn to work as a team in the sun, rain, hail and darkness, challenging them in a fun and active environment.

Commenting on its inception, our Head of History and Tribe Leader Will McKenzie-Green said:

“I believe that children should climb trees, and be encouraged to take risks in the classroom and outdoors as well. In the words of David Epstein, it’s about increasing ‘the range’ of experiences’ that a child has. The evidence for this style of education is both compelling and growing.”

He added: “University College London researchers, along with a study from the Netherlands, found that children who took part in “physically active” lessons three times a week, for two years, did far better than their peers at spelling and maths. Overall, those taking part in active lessons saw an 80% improvement in performance and 36% improvement in exams. The Tribe is attempting to tap into this way of thinking by getting outdoors, whatever the weather and having fun whilst learning.”

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