YHA Familiarisation Visits – YHA Castleton/Losehill Hall, YHA Edale, YHA York, YHA Whitby – Free of Charge

Forthcoming familiarisation visits to the Youth Hostels Association at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, YHA Edale, YHA York and YHA Whitby as follows.

These events are 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

The next events will be taking place at the following venues:

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.

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Educational Visits Co-ordinator Training Course

The next Educational Visits Co-ordinator (EVC) Training course is being held on Thursday 2 October 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.

Thursday 2 October 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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Barnsley Museums Primary Schools Programme

worsbroughmill-slide-bgBarnsley Museums primary schools programme is offering 10 workshops across five sites -Cooper Gallery, Cannon Hall Museum, Worsbrough Mill, Elsecar Heritage Centre and Experience Barnsley:

Learning with Barnsley Museums gives children the chance to discover the world by uncovering unique objects in an immersive environment. We work for all children and young people in Barnsley and beyond, giving them opportunities to discover new things in different places.

 Primary schools programme and booking details available here.

Barnsley Museums are also holding special themed weeks run by professional artists and historians:

This year we are holding special, themed weeks where you and your pupils can fully immerse yourselves in our special spaces, collections and stories. These sessions will be led by experts including professional artists, scientists, and historians. Visit us just once or every day during the week for a new and exciting learning experience.

Themed weeks leaflet and booking details available here.


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Go Wild in the Peak District – Family Adventure Festival

gowildin2Saturday 13 September 2014, Go Wild in the Peak District , Family Adventure Festival, Including Music and Outdoor Games.

Go Wild in the Peak District is organised by Team Activ. Venue: Thornbridge Outdoors near Bakewell. Information from Team Activ:

Finding fun, physical challenges that everyone in the family can enjoy is tough. That’s why we created Go Wild In.

Go Wild In the Peak District is a day packed with physical feats and healthy family-to-family competition.

And afterwards, there’s time to kick back and relax with music and mouth-watering food and refreshments from local suppliers.

You’ll pit your wits, speed and strength against families just like yours with a series of challenges in a breath-taking location.

It’s organised by Team Activ+, the region’s experts in the design, delivery and management of sport-based events, and has something for all ages and abilities.

More detailed information here.

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Young Geographer of the Year competition 2014

YGOTYFrom the Royal Geographical Society with the Insititue of British Geographers (RGS-IBG):

Young Geographer of the Year (YGOTY) competition, run in partnership with the Geographical, is for geography pupils aged nine to 18.  It is awarded every year alongside the Rex Walford award which recognises the work of a trainee or new geography teacher. 

The question for 2014 ‘How can geography help you?’

Pupils are asked to relate the value of geography to a number of different settings. The significance of both human and physical geography could be considered at a variety of different levels.  Pupils should demonstrate how geography can support their everyday lives, improve their understanding of the world’s people, places and environments and help to prepare them for life beyond school.

We want to hear how geography, be it the knowledge young people learn, the understanding they gain, or skills they develop, helps them in different aspects of their lives.

The competition has four categories: 9-11(Key Stage Two), 11-14 (Key Stage Three), 14-16 (GCSE) and 16-18 (A Level students).

2014 guidelines(PDF)

2014 entry form PDF | MSWORD

This entry certificate (PDF) can be used for students who enter the competition.

Closing date
The deadline for entries is 17.00 Friday 24 October 2014.

The winners will receive their prizes at a special ceremony at the Society’s headquarters in Kensington, London on Friday 28th November 2014.

More detailed information here.

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Safer Adventures: Managing the risks of adventure travel

overseasBS 8848 is the British Standard for organising and managing visits, fieldwork, expeditions and adventurous activities outside the UK.

The Royal Geographical Society with the Institute of British Geographers (RGS-IBG) was on the British Standards Institution (BSI) technical committee that first drafted the standard in 2007, and has recently been involved in its revision. The revised standard was published in April 2014.

The standard aims to reduce risk from injury or illness and provides those that comply with the standard with a way of being able to demonstrate that they are following good practice to manage the venture safely. 

BS 8848 specifies operational requirements for organisers of adventurous and educational activities abroad including university and academic fieldwork, gap year experiences, adventure holidays, charity challenges and research expeditions.

Download the BSI Consumer guide to BS 8848 to learn more about what the British Standard and check if a venture you (or your children) are hoping to take part in is likely to be following safe practice.

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Meadow Resources from Plantlife UK

logoLatest information on free resources and information from Plantlife UK: 

At Plantlife we are excited to see the knowing of common plants highlighted in the new curriculum and we hope that our developing bank of meadows resources will not only help support learning around this area but contribute to other areas such as working scientifically, habitats and food chains. We are particularly keen in supporting the development of enquiry and investigation skills.

Meadow Resources
Here are links to a bank of new resources available to download today:

1) Defining the meadow habitat and card set 1 
2) What are meadow plants? and card set 2
3) What mini-beasts live in meadows?
4) How do mini-beasts move in meadows?
5) Identifying meadow plants

Please also find a link to our last Bee Scene newsletter which focussed on meadows.

 Next newsletter
Our next newsletter due out in September will focus on rocks and soils and we will also be providing a table illustrating how a range of our resources link to the new national curriculum in England.

Bee Scene
We are excited by the number of schools who have told us they would like to get involved with our Bee Scene survey this year and look forward to seeing your results posted on our website www.wildaboutplants.org.uk

Wishing you all the best and wonderful weather for the summer term

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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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