Outdoor Adventurers Programme

 

Aims

To provide our pupils with enriching outdoor adventurous opportunities which will equip them with tangible experiences to holistically develop as an individual and their skill set.  Leadership, confidence, organisation, collaborative team work and healthy living are all core skills ingrained within the programme.

 

Purpose

“The prevalence of obesity among reception and Y6 children remains significantly above national rates at 11.3% and 21.2% respectively” (Slough Borough Council, 2012).  As a society we have a moral obligation to ensure our pupils are equipped with the knowledge and experiences to best prepare them for their journey through life both physiologically and psychologically.  Claycots School is extremely passionate about investing in our pupil’s education and extracurricular opportunities.

 There are a number of wider reaching social benefits which our pupils will be able to experience through being involved in the outdoor programme in addition to their personal physiological development.  Through achieving these benefits will hopefully equip our pupils with the hunger and knowledge to continue with their outdoor pursuits into secondary school and their adult life, helping to combat current issues identified and preparing them to be the global citizens of tomorrow.

 

“After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb”- Nelson Mandela

 

Structure of Programme

To offer three levels of development within the programme open to children from vulnerable backgrounds who posses a particular aptitude for outdoor pursuits and leadership.  In order for the programme to have a sustained impact, its longevity is integral.    The programme has been specifically designed to meet the needs of our pupils and targets years 4, 5 and 6, where they will see themselves enrolled on the programme in year 4 and progress through to year 6.  Being engaged within the Outdoor Programme for three years will reinforce the importance of healthy living and physical recreation, offering an alternative to main stream sports and encapsulating those students who demonstrate a disinterest for them.

 

Gold Award = 16 pupils Year 6

Silver Award = 24 pupils Year 5

Bronze Award = 28 pupils Year 4

 

Pupils will engage in after school clubs where they will learn a range of skills and equip themselves with the knowledge to successfully compete in a number of night walks, expeditions and other physical challenges, along with the planning and implementation of performing community work and raising money for selected local charities.