During the summer term 2017, Active Youth Outreach Services ran 10 weeks of Outdoor Adventurous Activity (OAA) curriculum based sessions on behalf of ‘Freedom Leisure’ for St Josephs Primary, Northwick Primary, Lyppard Grange Primary, and Claines Primary School in Worcester. The aim of courses were to provide children with the necessary skills and abilities to fulfil the national curriculum obligation as well as engaging them in positive extra curricular activity:
Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team
– DfE (Department for Education) National Curriculum – Key Stage 2
Freedom Leisure had approached AYOS as a result of the posi ve projects carried out previously, and asked us to create and deliver a series of OAA curriculum sessions during school me for a groups of children across the 4 schools. During each session the children were introduced to a range of different activities including Team Games and Ice Breakers, Archery, Basic First Aid, Orienteering, Natural Art, Fire Lighting, Cooking, Bushcraft and more….
Our experienced and qualified staff managed each session individually and safety was of utmost importance throughout, providing invaluable experiences for the children to learn, respect and reconnect with their natural surroundings.
The sessions themselves were designed to create a exible and comfortable environment to promote and encourage self led learning, this allowed the children to take ownership of each session and whilst supported by our staff they were able to construct their own objectives depending on what they wanted to achieve.
Throughout the course the children developed a wide range of personal skills and safety practises that allowed them to achieve and succeed within each element of OAA in line with the National Curriculum, across the courses we engaged with over 95 children and fulfilled over 890 spaces of outdoor learning towards the NCPE with a 95% a endance rate throughout. We received some fantastic feedback from both the school and children.
“This really enhances the children’s confidence and self esteem”
“I wish we could do this every week”
“The children really enjoy the sessions as it allows them to learn in a different environment”
As a result of the positive feedback we are now launching other OAA curriculum sessions in schools as well as extra curricular enrichment clubs for children and young people across the county.