Loving Outdoor Education
Individually tailored for you…
All our programmes are individually designed to provide a suitable level of challenge, educational outcomes and to take young people out of their comfort zones whilst working on key outdoor education themes such as trust, responsibility, empathy, understanding, teamwork and communication.
Our programmes are directly overseen by a QTS member of staff, and who will ensure the outcomes are met, reviewed and relevant recording and reporting is done if required.
Simply call us to discuss what you are thinking, and we will put a detailed plan with learning outcomes together for you…..
MOBILE CLIMBING WALL
Our introduction to Climbing will introduce you to challenge of climbing, but as slowly and as gently as you want. If you feel like you want to do some harder climbing, or you are in a mixed group, don’t worry our experienced instructors will find plenty to challenge you. Our wall has automatic belays, but we also run standard roped belays which are ideal for developing team skills. We are also able to work with those with limited mobility so we are able include everyone.
Our 30ft climbing wall can be taken into almost any venue – such as sports fields, indoor halls & car parks – and we can run either educational climbing activities, or fun based ‘have a go’ sessions.
ARROW TAG & TARGET SPORTS
Arrow Tag is an awesome new adrenaline inducing activity! Two teams, consisting of 3 or more players each battle it out against one another within the Arrow Tag arena, ducking behind inflatable obstacles, separated by a “safe zone.” Eliminate your opponents by hitting him or her with an arrow, or by catching his or her arrow. A “hit” player can be called back into the game when a teammate catches an arrow. You have to work as a team, planning your strategy and executing your plan.
We can also bring target archery, and axe throwing to your site which always add another level of challenge and learning.
FOREST & BEACH SCHOOLS
Bushcraft is something everyone can gain skills in and have fun learning. Our Beach and Forest school sessions are run by specialists who has years of experience in outdoor living and teaching bushcraft in Schools. We provide all the equipment you need, and even the food and drink for you to experiment with on the fires that you will make using traditional methods – no matches here!
We run one off introductions, through to schemes of work for the year that have a combination of our input and in-school work led by school staff. We can run Forest School and Bushcraft sessions in almost any location, even those without local woodland.
We have fleets of paddleboards, sea kayaks, canoes, and a whole host of different kayaks, both closed cockpit and open tops that we can bring to a waterway near you, and then run and educational fun session that supports a number of different outdoor educational aims including PSHE and Geography.
These sessions can be tailored to any age group and be focussed on supporting a specific topic or just be fun based with lots of challenges.
Transition days, Enrichment days, Reward days, Staff development days and Summer schemes are all areas and services that we provide. We have a long list of client schools that all value our input and we have an enviable 100% rebooking rate.
Adventure Activities run activity days for students of all ages and group sizes from 4 to 270. The focus is always on a specific outcomes, that are drawn out using interesting and fun activities.
We have run student expeditions for many years, to places such as the Pyrenees, Iceland, Scotland, Wales, French Alps, Norway and all across England. Whilst our trips are usually DofE based practice or assessed expeditions, we have run trips that have focussed on gaining awards and on developing independence and self sufficiency. We have a vast stock of high quality equipment including minibuses, sea kayaks, walking expeditions and canoes.
We work in partnership with you to provide
POWERFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCES
REAL ADVENTUROUS ACTIVITIES
EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING PROCESSES
An outdoor education programme at Adventure Activities is a powerful life-long learning experience which helps young people to be ready for the challenges of school, work and later life.
Young people will be given opportunities to develop confidence, resilience, personal and social skills and teamwork. They are given opportunities to widen their horizons, develop their self awareness, and build up a personal toolbox of experience from which they draw upon back at home and school.
Learning is always most effective when activities are both enjoyable and challenging, and when they are chosen to match the needs of individuals and the intended outcomes.
We use a blend of real adventurous activities and practical activities in which we carefully balance the risks and benefits to provide powerful learning experiences. Our outdoor education programmes are based on the experiential learning process, where individuals have opportunities to reflect upon their experiences and learn from them.
To maximise the learning, each individual has their own dedicated senior tutor for the duration of the course/programme. We work in partnership with you to enable the residential experience to be an integrated part of your children’s education.
Learning Outcomes and Development
How long is a piece of string. It’s all very well having lots of learning outcomes listed, but our team use their experience to skilfully develop each individual. They are immensely positive about using the outdoors as a vehicle for personal development in young people. Even the younger members of our team plan their activity session structure around what your student is aiming to achieve, and they individualise the content accordingly. Our senior team who assist you to review and draw out the days key learning points will ensure that each group member has had the opportunity to maximise their learning.
Team work – The art of working with others is something that we continue to develop as we move throughout our lives. We know it is not something that can be gained in a day, but we use the outdoors to look at the foundations of working as a team and we provide many opportunities for young people to experiment.
Communication – All the subtleties of gaining a solid grounding in good communication can be developed very effectively in the outdoors when solid and clear learning opportunities are presented by experienced deliverers who have a depth of understanding of the process of facilitating the relationship between speaking, listening, thinking and understanding.
Problem solving abilities – This life skill can be developed in the outdoors when presented clearly. Our team don’t just set challenges then move on, they help group members to plan, do and then review, all the time whilst incorporating communication, team work, communication and leadership skills. It’s a tough blend to do, but our delivery team take pride in doing it well.
Leadership – Developing good leadership takes time and practice. We look to reinforce the start that young people get in school by taking the theory and practice outside where individuals get the opportunity to take charge and have a go at leading.
Self confidence – We encourage young people to ‘live life with more adventure’ in all aspects of their lives, and this takes self belief. We start small and help young people realise what they are capable of, and what they can achieve.
Personal risk management – We all look at risks differently. Some of us like risk, and others don’t. It’s how we approach risk that matters; it’s how we weigh up the options and balance the pros and cons of a situation. Young people are encouraged, under expert guidance, to take responsibility for their own risk management. They are encouraged to look before they leap and to consider the consequences of their actions.
Learning a skill – Learning the techniques of a new sport or activity can have profound impacts on young people, particularly when undertaken in spectacular surroundings.
Environmental responsibility – Simply understanding why litter goes in a bin is often a big step forward for some young people and often provides a ‘light bulb moment’. We encourage and enthuse individuals to see the world in which they live differently; we believe that showing and involving young people will illicit a sense of personal responsibility and this is a theme we strive to achieve.