Survival Shelters and Campfires

Year 8 students got to experience making campfires and building survival shelters, in order to gain a better understanding of Lord of the Flies by William Golding.

The collaboration between the English and Outdoor Learning departments designed activities to help students immerse themselves in the scenario of the classic novel and explore the mindset of its characters.

Lord of the Flies is a story about a group of British schoolboys, escaping England during World War II, ending up marooned on a tropical island. They attempt to establish a social order and a plan for being rescued. The book follows their attempts at social order and the results of those attempts.

Teacher of English, Mrs Fletcher explained “Survival is a key theme in our class reader “Lord of the Flies”, it changes the humanity in the boys. We wanted students to explore this theme in an immersive way. The 3 sessions, led by Mr Lucas, developed not only their knowledge of the novel but also encouraged them to problem solve, work collaboratively and be resourceful.”

Mrs Fletcher added, “It was a wonderful opportunity to work beyond the classroom walls.”