Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Geography - the Spirit of Adventure: Resources

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Geography - the Spirit of Adventure: Resources

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Take inspiration for a local trek from an Antarctic expedition.

Ejecting teams of young children into the snow is not usually a preferred educational option. But for our Year 6 students, engaged in following the progress of Leo Houlding as he climbed the northeast ridge of Ulvetanna, Antarctica, it was the culmination of a two-month project.

We have become an accredited Adventure Learning School as a result of this unusual, bespoke curriculum and our adventure-based learning programme is now threaded through all activities at our primary school.

The idea for the Antarctica project came from Houlding and the Adventure Learning Schools team six months ago, and has provided myriad opportunities to inspire, motivate and enhance our children's learning. The students were introduced to the scheme at the beginning of November; they worked on a presentation and questions to ask Houlding when they met him later that month.

They carried out extensive research into the expedition during the final week of the autumn term, completed this over the Christmas holidays and by the beginning of the spring term had unbridled enthusiasm for our Antarctica-themed week.

The young team planned their expedition to our adventure learning progress site, a large, natural wooded area, where in January they spent the day "surviving" outdoors in several inches of snow. They then had to secure their belongings (tents, water and food) to sledges before setting off on a trek, following a map of the local area. It was great to see how well the teams of eight worked together, helping each other over the icy terrain. …

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