Andover Schoolchildren do Some Outdoor ExploringChildren from an Andover school channelled their inner explorer recently as they enjoyed a fun day out of the classroom at Charlton Lakeside.

Almost 100 Year Five students from Portway Junior School visited the site over the three days of activities as part of a pre-summer holiday treat.

The nine and 10-year-olds took part in a range of fun team-building activities, run by the instructors at Valley Leisure.

This included learning how to create fire in the wild and how to solve riddles and clues as part of an orienteering exercise. But most of all they loved the canoeing.

“We were taught how to canoe properly by our instructor Jake – who went to Portway! It was a great activity and most of us hadn’t done it before,” said Charlie Holloway.

Finley Mayes added:“ We’d like to say thank you to our teachers for taking the time to arrange such an amazing visit, and to Valley Leisure for being just brilliant!”

Ben Thambipillai said: “Research has shown that on average children spend four hours a day in front of the television, and in a world where children are now surrounded by technology, it is highly important that exercises like this happen and are kept new, fun and interesting.

“The children from Portway Juniors were wonderful. They enjoyed the session enormously and gave it their all.”

To find out more about school events and activities run by Valley Leisure call 01264 347100.

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