Outdoor education enables pupils to develop life and social skills and opportunities to try new things in a range of environments. The subject will provide knowledge of understanding of safety and environmental impact. Outdoor Education will help pupils to become more confident and skilled whether in general life or a specialism.
The pupils will gain a greater understand of the world and cultures around them. Outdoor education helps to build and train different skill sets like resilience and self-confidences, giving opportunities for leadership, independent learning and supporting other peers.
Pupils will be encouraged to progress at a pace that suits them working on trust, given the opportunities to build on prior learning, push their own limits and have the opportunity to make mistakes whilst having a positive fun experience.
Students will be encouraged to work within the social norms within general society. They will be working towards national governing body awards and AQA awards throughout there lessons.
Key Stage 3: Students receive a double lesson of Outdoor Education per week. Key Stage 4: Depending on options and students need, Outdoor Education is available as a double lesson for Key Stage 4 students.
The curriculum map for Outdoor Education (topics taught by year) can downloaded in .pdf format
Depending on ability, students have the opportunity to undertake the following, nationally recognised, qualifications:
AQA Unit Awards: Level 1 – Level 3
NGB Awards: For example NICAS Climbing, British Canoeing Paddle Power Awards, GNAS Archery Awards
DofE: We have a thriving Duke of Edinburgh Award Group with students regularly completing Bronze and Silver Awards.
Students have access to the following and facilities resources to support their learning: Calshot Activity Centre: A multi activity outdoor centre offering land and water activities which our teachers can deliver. Outdoor Learning Centre: Our own small centre which provides access to a number of OED activities and bushcraft/forest school. The New Forest: On our door step and used regularly for bushcraft, forest school and navigation based activities.