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School to School – The UK to Mount Katahdin

 

Mr Wild Biography

Mr. Wild has been teaching at Dunnington since January 2007. Before becoming a teacher he was a professional actor specialising in theatre in education and living history projects. Mr Wild loves to enthuse his students through all aspects of his teaching when delivering the curriculum. He is Literacy co-ordinator at Dunnington and believes passionately in raising standards in literacy across the school. He also co-ordinates P.E and runs several clubs including Tag Rugby and Badminton. Mr Wild has also introduced Bell Boating to our school and helps the students participate in regattas in Warwickshire and Worcestershire.

Mr Wild loves the outdoors and spends his free time hiking, camping and canoeing while also dividing his time around his family.

 

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About the project...

In March 2017 Mr. Wild will begin his big adventure. The project is called School to School – the UK to Mount Katahdin. Essentially he is planning to walk the 2176 miles of the Appalachian Trail on the east coast of the USA. In addition to being a huge personal challenge, the project carries many educational opportunities for schools, as well as forging international links through all aspects of our school curriculum.

The journey will begin at Dunnington C of E Primary School, then on to five other school in our cluster. The children will become part of an international collaboration to produce a trail journal that builds a portfolio of their work, with a focus on their local environment, their spiritual enrichment (specifically connected to the environment in which they live) and the culture and history of their homes. Schools will be able to choose how to format this work through literacy, science, art etc.

The journal will be physically taken from school to school by Mr. Wild and will end on Mount Katahdin, USA. On the trail itself, the journal will visit six schools in the UK and six schools on the Appalachian Trail. Children from each school will produce similar pieces of work based on their own environmental, cultural and historical issues.

The journal will initially be in a virtual format, with work being stored on a memory stick which will travel the trail with Mr. Wild. He will also record his travels in a vlog for schools to follow. Then once home the journal will later be published for schools to keep.

The journal will be a collection of young people’s thoughts, ideas and feelings. By its very nature it promotes self-esteem through ownership and expression of these thoughts which when collated into a book, will be a lasting testament to their work. In addition the project aims to promote lasting collaborative links between international schools, offering young people new horizons. The Appalachian Trail cannot fail to move people with its astounding natural beauty. Our pupils will in effect be experiencing this through his long walk with the aid of video technology. They will be offered an experience they would not normally encounter, whilst those in the US will be prompted to celebrate their immediate environment.

UK Schools                                       

 Dunnington C of E (VA) Primary School

 Salford Priors C of E Primary School

 Temple Grafton C of E Primary School

 St. Nicholas' C of E Middle School

 Bidford on Avon Primary School

 Great Alne Primary School

Testimonials

We are delighted with how well our son has settled into Dunnington. He has increased in confidence so dramaticaly since starting this school. His general desire to work hard and do his best is amazing. Thank you for providing the opportunities and environment for him to develop in all these areas so well. - Reception Parent