Outdoor Education: Years 5 & 6
Young Explorers - Ascent Group
The Ascent Group continues to build and develop the core skills learnt during the Young Explorers program. Throughout the year the children in both Year 5 and Year 6 spend a day in the Michaelmas Term and two in the Summer Term increasing their depth of knowledge and mastery of, four key areas; watersports, navigation, bushcraft and first aid.
Every Year 5 & Year 6 pupil spends 5/6 nights respectively at Thomas’s Daheim in Austria in the Lent Term. Thomas’s Daheim is a hotel in the Austrian ski area of Wurzeralm near the Kalkalpen National Park. Thomas’s has been visiting the ski area of Wurzeralm for over 25 years and have developed a strong relationship and close bond with the people and area. It really is like going home to the spirit of Thomas’s. The objective of Thomas’s Daheim is …
‘To give every pupil an unrivalled opportunity and experience to develop key life skills in a safe and secure environment of natural beauty, away from their everyday lives. Thomas’s Daheim will provide an environment where specific skills can be developed. These skills are necessary to succeed and be happy in life now, and in later years.’
The week consists of a mix of ski lessons and outdoor pursuits and a rich diverse evening programme including activities such as astronomy, snow shoeing, and night walks. All activities are delivered by qualified ski and outdoor instructors through ‘Peter & Stefan’s ski school,’ an organisation that has been at the heart of our experiences on the mountain.