Category Archives: Adventure

Great Adventures? Adventure learning theory

Simon Beames, lecturer in outdoor learning at Edinburgh University, presents a framework for adventurous learning that can be used to analyse your own teaching practices. “The trusty Oxford Concise  dictionary tells us that an adventure is an ‘unusual, exciting, or daring experience’. Scholars tell us its ‘outcomes cannot be predicted to any great degree’ (Higgins, 2001) and … Continue reading

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On the Wildness of Children

There is some dawning awareness these days of the insanity of raising children almost entirely indoors….. A thought provoking essay by Carol Black, writer, filmmaker and director of the documentary film Schooling the World. Read On the Wildness of Children … Continue reading

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School’s Out: Lessons from a Forest Kindergarten

No classroom for these school children: this documentary film takes us to a forest kindergarten in Switzerland where children age 4 to 7 spend every day outside in the forest. This is a thought-provoking film about public education in early … Continue reading

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Educational Visits & Journeys Guidance Revised November 2015

A revised version of the LA’s educational visits guidelines is now available entitled “Organising Visits & Journeys: Educational Visits and Outdoor Education Standards and Guidelines ”. It is dated November 2015. This replaces the previous edition dated March 2011. Please … Continue reading

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The Expedition – Educational Resource

The Expedition role play activity – the Royal Scottish Geographical Society. The Expedition follows the story of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1916 led by Sir Ernest Shackleton. However, the resource does not reference names, specific locations or the year. … Continue reading

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Safer Adventures: Managing the risks of adventure travel

BS 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Free Family Taster Day for Teachers – Peak Venture

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 … Continue reading

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Microadventures

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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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