By Clair Hill - October 30th, 2022 | Posted in Article

This term students were able to foster their appreciation of the outdoors and gain new skills and knowledge. As part of a mixed key Stage 3 and 4 grouping students were able to develop skills in:

  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Communication
  • Organisation
  • Creative thinking
  • Decision making

Students were encouraged to express and interest in nature and the outdoors as


part of developing habits for a healthy lifestyle and wellbeing post school. Each unit has provided students with new experiences form exploring woodland areas to building shelters and learning how to safely start, control and extinguish a small fire camp fire. Students were placed in situations which challenged them and allow them to try new activities and experience under the support and guidance of staff. During the unit students at times were tested and had to demonstrate their resilience by persevering with tasks to reach and shared goal or objective.

As the programme progressed it was notable to see an increase in student confidence and self-esteem as they gained a degree of mastery in a range of outdoor skills. These session were extremely popular with students resulting in large uptake and additional sessions being planned for Autumn term 2.