“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.
Free 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: email@example.com t: 01246 563254 w: www.kingswood.co.uk.
More information and event flier here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org w: www.kirklees.gov.uk/cliffehouse.
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 email@example.com. Or you can book online here. More information here about the Youth Hostels Association.
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.
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.
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.
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.