Outdoor Education: Years 3 & 4
All Year 3 sessions take place once every half term for half a day, resulting in six sessions per academic year. Each session is designed to reinforce and develop two themes. The first being the enquiry curriculum, (the learning intention will stem from the school curriculum) and deepens their understanding. The second is exploration and problem solving in the great outdoors. Through problem solving based challenges pupils enhance their communication, collaboration and critical thinking skills.
In Year 4 the programme progresses to allow the pupils to experience outdoor activities at a more adventurous and challenging level. Each Year 4 class spends one afternoon every three weeks sampling a variety of outdoor activities. There are a total of 10 sessions over the academic year and the activities range from bushcraft and climbing to sailing and first aid. The programme is designed to give the children an opportunity to experience an abundance of outdoor activities in a safe environment and strengthen their understanding and respect for the outdoors.
‘It is widely recognized that the capacity to cope with adversity and even be strengthened by it – resilience – is an important factor in children and young people’s wellbeing. Evidence shows that these coping strategies are learnable and teachable … Schools have a range of activities to support this. These range from … using mindfulness techniques, to others which build character and provide emotional fulfillment, for example the Duke of Edinburgh award … team work and physical activity.
DfE ‘Counselling in schools: a blue print for the future.’ February 2016
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