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FEAT


ATURE: OUTDOOR LEARNING


Problemsolving


At Kingswood, our camps follow a ‘plan, do, review’ format. This means that young people need to think strategically and consider all their options before executing their plan. All activities then end in a review session where pupils are asked to consider the strengths and weaknesses


a good way to get them to consider activities as a about what could have been done differently. It is of their planning and action phases, and think


will take with them when they are next presented learning opportunity and think about what they


with a problem solving opportunity. Resilience The age old adage “if at first you don’t succeed,


equip young people for setbacks in their studies Building resilience from a young age helps to try, try and try again” couldn’t be more true.


equipped with a higher level of resilience find that as well as all aspects of life. Those who are


they enter new situations with more confidence.


young people learn new skills and are often faced activities on offer at camps away from home, Through residential experiences and outdoor


with new challenges that require determination and perseverance.


Leading and Supporting Being able to lead and support and be


comfortable carrying out both roles are equally important life skills. At different times throughout our life we’ll need to adopt each quality so it is


important pupils consider the role they play within a team and how they can communicate with others effectively. Taking part in lots of activities in various group dynamics, while trying out different roles within the team, will allow pupils to reflect on how they could better lea support their peers to get the best pos o


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utcome in a situation. hallenge and risk


As we move through life we will be presented with challenges at one stage or another –


whether that’s at school, at work or in the home. While learning in the outdoors at activity centres such as Kingswood, pupils will be supported through controlled risk taking to encourage the expansion of their personal boundaries in a safe environment. Quite often during residential experiences such as these, the students find the experience itself the biggest social risk and we sometimes hear that standing up and speaking in front of people was their biggest challenge. However, by the end of their stay many young people say they will go away with the new-found confidence to try something new.


Building self- f-confidence


A residential experience is invaluable in building a child’s self-belief and self-confidence. Being in a new environment, problem solving outdoors and quite often being away from parents for the first time will mean children can discover strengths they never knew they had.


Motivation


Learning is most effective when it is fun, and what is more fun than being outdoors and away from the traditional classroom environment? Many outdoor activities aren’t easy – such as archery, climbing and raft building – but they’re designed to encourage pupils to dig deep, stay enthusiastic and put in the effort in order to reap the benefits.


Becoming environmentally aware


In an increasingly polluted world, it is important for children to understand how their behaviour affects the environment, which is best done when out in the outdoors. Asking children to consider what their ‘footprint’ is and encouraging them to take care of the world around them will help them make good decisions for the future.


Learning a newskill


For many children, immersing themselves in outdoor activity will mean they have the opportunity to try many new things and learn new skills.Whether it is tying safe knots to keep a raft afloat, using friction to light a fire or scoring a bullseye in archery, new ways of learning and being in a new environment can be inspiring and motivating for children who struggle to learn in the confines of a classroom.


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