Ofsted reports that schools are failing to provide enough adventurous activities for pupils, yet many of the activities mentioned in the report can be carried out on school grounds, according to leading activity provider Highline Adventure.
The Ofsted report suggests activities such as caving, rock climbing and canoeing are ideal ways to teach children teamwork and leadership as well as getting them to test their physical skills in new and challenging situations.
Mobile climbing walls, bouldering walls, archery and orienteering are just a selection of the more adventurous activities that can be brought directly to schools and Highline Adventure director John Knowles believes most of the fear comes from the thought of an out of school trip, rather than the activity itself.
“Adventurous activities such as climbing are actually very safe and the likelihood of injury is extremely low when they are carried out by experienced instructors with good equipment”, explains Knowles, a qualified teacher who has been an activity instructor for over 7 years and has led expeditions for teenage students to Outer Mongolia, China, Peru, Kenya and Morocco.
Knowles, who also provides external canoeing and horse riding expeditions, agrees with Ofsted that children should be involved in field trips but also appreciates that it can often be a logistical nightmare organising school trips and so bringing more challenging activities into the school grounds is a way of motivating pupils and teaching them valuable skills on-site.
“Our most popular activities for schools include climbing walls, bouldering walls, archery and orienteering and we regularly receive feedback from teachers that pupil’s motivation and concentration has improved greatly as a result of these activities”, adds Knowles.
Highline Adventure is encouraging schools to introduce more adventurous activities to their curriculum, with a half day of on-site climbing for just £250 + VAT. Terms & Conditions apply. For more details visit www.highlineadventure.co.uk
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