Learn about bows and arrows, and the skill needed to become an archer whilst trying to out-score your friends on this activity. It will challenge your maths skills, your focus and dexterity as you work out the best technique to succeed.
Children and young people really come on in leaps and bounds on our residentials. Being away from home in a different environment, having to rely on their peers, trying new activities and finding their place within their group, gives a real boost to their confidence. They find skills they didn’t know they had.
Outdoor adventure activities help to build fitness and promote physical well-being. They also help with concentration, improve teamwork and communication skills. Many activities allow for personal development too, helping children and young people realise their potential and building confidence. Getting active in the outdoors helps improve motivation and self-esteem.
Activities such as archery and orienteering are a great way to engage children and young people with maths and to see how it can be used in different ways other than just in the classroom. It gives them practical experience of its uses to draw upon when back in the classroom.
It may not be your typical history lesson but you could find out a little bit of history about fencing or archery before they became popular sports activities, the purpose of zip wires and how early canoes were hollowed out of tree trunks. Build lesson plans around activities to help with your learning objectives.
Managing behaviour through outdoor activities. Getting active outdoors, running around and trying new activities not only helps let off steam, it can also aid concentration when back in the classroom or workplace.
Whatever the skill, be it learning how to kayak, lighting a fire using friction or skills on the bike track, learning something new can boost confidence in a young person. This shows them that learning can be fun and equips them with the drive and motivation to want to learn more.