Risky Play and “The Overprotected Kid”

“The Overprotected Kid”

“A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.”

This is the title of a thought-provoking article by Hanna Rosin for The Atlantic magazine about risky play which is well worth a read.

The article also introduces a forthcoming film by Erin Davis called The Land. It is about a different kind of adventure playground. Above is a short film trailer.

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Free Family Taster Day for Teachers – Peak Venture

peak venture taster dayFree taster day for teachers and their families on Wednesday 28 May from 10.00am at Kingswood Peak Venture Centre near Penistone:

Why not bring your family along for a free family taster day, immerse yourself in centre life and find out just how much Kingswood has to offer?

We would love to welcome you and your family or friends to join us for some fun activities such as watersports, 3G swing, archery and bushcraft.

You’ll also enjoy a tour of the centre, complimentary meal and refreshments with fellow families, and also have a chance to talk to some of the members of our team. It’s the perfect opportunity to find out how a Kingswood centre could be the perfect destination for your students.

To book your place contact e: aliciadickinson@inspiring-learning.com t: 01246 563254 w: www.kingswood.co.uk.

More information and event flier here.

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Cliffe House Outdoor Study Centre

cliffe house

Cliffe House Outdoor Study and Conference Centre is located on the edge of the village of Shepley close to the Barnsley/Kirklees border. Location map here.

Cliffe House provides residential and day visit outdoor learning activities, mainly for primary school groups.

The activities offered at Cliffe House are designed to support the National Curriculum and are delivered in a high quality and unique learning environment.

The nature of the activities will inspire young people to learn and develop a love for learning.

Programmes are led by qualified and experienced teaching staff who can offer advice and guidance about your visit and the potential for further learning once back at school.

All programmes are tailor made to suit the needs of the visiting school and individual children.

Teachers are welcome to visit or contact the centre and education team before their visit, where we can guide and advise you on a suitable programme.

More information about the outdoor learning activities offered by Cliffe House available here. Or, contact Cliffe House on t: 01484 221000 e: enquiries.cliffehouse@kirklees.gov.uk w: www.kirklees.gov.uk/cliffehouse.


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YHA Sherwood Forest – Free Familiarisation Visit 10th April

Forthcoming familiarisation visit to YHA Sherwood on 10th April 2014 – places still available.

This event is free of charge and an overnight stay may be available if required to get a good feel for the venue and accommodation, subject to availability:

To help group leaders to make the very best of your stay with YHA School Trips, YHA runs a series of familiarisation events at centres throughout England and Wales. During your vist you will see a wide range of activities, sample the food and refreshments, tour the hostel and explore the local attractions.

The familiarisation events enable teachers and other group leaders to:

  • Get hands-on experience of a variety of National Curriculum-linked challenges and activities
  • Gain advice on planning a residential visit with YHA and the support that we can provide
  • Explore a selection of YHA centres
  • Meet the staff and ask questions
  • Discover the benefits our trips provide for their pupils

YHA familiarisation events will be taking place at the following venues during the next few months:

For further details and to book your place contact the YHA Groups Advisor on 01629 592 705 or email michaelsabin@yha.org.uk. Or you can book online here. More information here about the Youth Hostels Association.

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Alastair Humphreys was named as a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year for his pioneering work on the concept of microadventures, trying to encourage people to get outside, get out of their comfort zone, go somewhere they’ve never been. A microadventure is an adventure that is close to home, cheap, simple, short, and yet very effective.

This video clip about Middleham School’s microadventure speaks for itself.

Get a bunch of kids. Let them walk over a big hill, eat outside, run a bit wild, jump in a river, toast marshmallows and sleep under the stars in their clothes.

You can do the same.

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Project Wild Thing – Film Trailer

Project Wild Thing is a film led movement to get more kids (and their folks!) outside and reconnecting with nature. The film is an ambitious, feature-length documentary that takes a funny and revealing look at a complex issue, the increasingly disparate connection between children and nature.

And Project Wild Thing is much more than a film, this is a growing movement of organisations and individuals who care deeply about the need for nature connected, free-range, roaming and outdoor playing kids in the 21st century. Hundreds of people have already committed huge amounts of time, energy, resources and money to help get the project where it is today. Which is really just the beginning.

More information on Project wild Thing and to find out how to see the full length film go to www.projectwildthing.com.

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Wild About Plants – Bee Scene Free Educational Resources

Information from Plantlife.org.uk:

We are delighted to let you know that during 2014 Plantlife will have free hard copies of  Bee Scene educational resources to distribute to primary schools. The resources support an investigation to discover whether a local green space is good for bumblebees or not and are also available to download from www.wildaboutplants.org.uk/beescene.

If you feel that this may be of interest to those you work with please forward this information to your colleagues. Resource applications can be made by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MLJJ9TG.

Teachers may also wish to sign up to our termly newsletter. This FREE newsletter can be accessed by signing up at www.wildaboutplants.org.uk/england/schools. We have attached a link to the latest newsletter for your interest.

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Applications for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Mark Award close on 11th April 2014

The new round of applications for educational establishments wishing to gain the national Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) Mark award closes on 11th April 2014.

LOtC Mark is the first national accreditation for schools, nurseries and other educational establishments which recognises and supports the development of learning outside the classroom (LOtC)  across all subject areas.

Developing the learning outside the classroom (LOtC) provision in your school grounds, local community or further afield can have an enormous impact on enthusing, engaging and motivating your pupils to learn. Evidence shows that LOtC can raise attainment across all areas of the curriculum and is particularly effective in raising the achievement of groups with individual needs who may not thrive inside the classroom environment.

More details and how to apply here.

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West Yorkshire school in court over climbing wall fall

A Bradford grammar school has been fined after a PE equipment manager suffered multiple fractures when he fell nine metres from a climbing wall.

A prosecution was brought by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after inspectors identified serious safety failings at the school.

The court was told HSE found the management of the wall and the safety system regarding it was almost none existent; the competence of the staff using it and providing instruction to others was an after-thought and not effectively put in place.

More information from HSE  here.

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EVC Training Course – Wednesday 26 March 2014

The next Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training course is being held on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at BBIC Wilthorpe, Barnsley. Places still available for those who wish to attend.

All schools and children’s services settings should have an Educational Visits Co-ordinator who has undertaken this one-day training course.

Wednesday 26 March 2014 Venue: Barnsley Business & Innovation Centre (BBIC), Wilthorpe Times: 9.15am – 4.00pm Cost: £85 Trainer: David Armstrong

Book a place on this course and find more information about a range of other training events here.

Should you require further information about this course, please do not hesitate to contact me on t: 01226 773586 m: 07824 351133 e: davidarmstrong@barnsley.gov.uk.

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