This is the third week (Mondays & Tuesdays only) of a 6 week programme to provide a canoeing activity for the classes of Year 3 and Year 4 as they are looking at water based transportation this term.
Our venue for this project is the Shropshire Union Canal or ‘Shroppie’ to its friends near Newport, which is quite popular for narrow boat enthusiasts. Much of the session is about teamwork and learning to work together to make tasks successful. The sessions are still evolving but the groups under instruction have unloaded and loaded the canoes, assisted with rafting them up and played an active part in paddling the canoes along the canal.
This week the session needed adapting to cater for the windy conditions and I came up with a walk back in time exploration trip, which was enjoyed by all. With southerly winds we headed down the canal before stopping for a bit of lunch and the now obligatory talk about the canal’s history. However, to assist with paddling into the wind, I utilised the painters and throwline to tow the rafted canoes back up the canal just like they did in the olden days with me playing the part of the horse. After a while the group got the hang of angling the boats into the wind which made my job a lot easier.
I’m not sure who is enjoying this more me or the kids and I’m already looking forwards to next lot of sessions.