All courses complement and develop aims in the National Curriculum and the outcomes set out in ‘High Quality Outdoor Learning’ (Published by The English Outdoor Council 2015).
Visiting groups are asked to select 3 Key Learning Outcomes to focus on during their visit. Courses are all designed to meet the selected outcomes.
Personal Confidence and Character
Children enhance their overall well-being by gaining personal confidence and developing character and resilience through taking on challenges and achieving success. They overcome their apprehensions and want a ‘second go’ at things they find challenging first time round. They feel proud about what they achieve and display more social confidence – ‘come out of their shell.’
New challenges and range of skills
Children are given opportunities and experiences to acquire and develop a range of skills in outdoor activities, recreation and exploration. They develop their physical skills and can adapt them effectively in activities. They develop their relevant mental skills. They learn about the outdoors in relation to wearing appropriate clothing and how to keep safe and warm in the outdoors. They experience different environments e.g., the dark, inclement weather, unfamiliar surroundings.
Children display increased motivation and an appetite for learning. They show a desire for attempting new challenges and learning experiences. They develop their relationships with their peers and adults. They participate in a range of activities willingly and draw inspiration from what they learn in the outdoors.
Benefits of physical activity
Children learn to appreciate the benefits of physical activity and the lifelong value of participation in healthy leisure activities and reflection. They want to continue their interests in outdoor activities after their visit. They understand how much learning in the outdoors can benefit their healthy lifestyles.
Children learn how to appreciate others in completing tasks effectively and learn to appreciate their own and others’ strengths and limitations. They willingly support one another and treat others with respect and tolerance. They recognise and modify any aspects of their own behaviour which impacts on the rest of their group.
Self-awareness and social skills
Children develop their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others. They take on roles of responsibility within the group when asked to and recognise and applaud the achievements of others.
Children become alive to the natural local environment and understand the importance of conservation and sustainable development. They experience a range of different environments in different conditions and demonstrate care for the environment through their own actions.
Enjoyment in participating
Children enjoy participating in and reflecting on outdoor activities and adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure. They talk about their experiences, positively and with enthusiasm. Want to do it again!
Developing key skills
Children develop and extend their key skills of communication, problem -solving, creativity, leadership and co-operation. They work co-operatively with others on solving problems and understand how other team members take on different roles to achieve success. They are able to describe their experiences and are willing to listen to the ideas and opinions of others and act upon them.
Children learn to become independent by taking part in everyday living whilst away from home. They understand the need to live harmoniously alongside others by sharing their dormitory space, keeping it tidy and appreciating that they and others need their sleep to be able to take part in activities effectively. They take part in keeping the centre clean and tidy and willingly help during meal times by clearing up afterwards.