Geography - The spirit of adventure

22nd March 2013 at 00:00

What it's all about

Ejecting teams of young children into the snow is not usually a preferred educational option. But for our Year 6 (P6) children, following the progress of Leo Houlding as he climbed the northeast ridge of Ulvetanna, Antarctica, it was the culmination of a two-month project, writes Sarah Walton.

We have become an accredited Adventure Learning School as a result of this unusual, bespoke curriculum and our adventure-based learning programme is now threaded through all our activities.

The idea came from Houlding and the Adventure Learning Schools team. The children were introduced to it in November, and worked on a presentation and questions to ask Houlding when they met him that month. They carried out extensive research into the expedition at the end of term, completed it over the Christmas holidays and by the start of the new term had unbridled enthusiasm for our Antarctica-themed week.

The young team planned their expedition to our adventure learning progress site, a large, wooded area, where in January they spent the day "surviving" outdoors in deep snow. They then had to secure their belongings (tents, water, food) to sledges before setting off on a trek, using a map. It was great to see how well the teams of eight worked together, helping each other over the icy terrain.

After the mile-long hike, the children arrived. They solved problems collectively, showing superb communication skills and teamwork. Since then, they have worked as a media team, interviewing schoolmates and staff, editing footage of the day and producing a documentary about the trek.

What else?

Try a resource on outdoor learning with early years and younger primary classes. bit.lyOutdoorLearningKS1.

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number

Comments

The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now