Bladon House School Prospectus 20202021 Updated October 20

Outdoor Education

Outdoor education can be simply defined as learning in, for, or about the outdoors. The term 'outdoor education ’ is used broad- ly to refer to a range of organized and safe activities that take place in a variety of ways in outdoor environments. What Outdoor Education provides for our students? • Outdoor education, training and recreation promote active learning through direct personal experience and offer excitement, fun and adventure within a framework of safety • A challenging experience outdoors impacts powerfully upon a young person ’ s intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and moral development • Provides recognised qualifications and Awards such as BCU Star awards, the Duke of Edinburgh and John Muir awards • Builds self - confidence and self - esteem • Allows students to connect with nature and the environment, allowing a break from academic or home life stress • Allows practical application of educational subjects such as maths, science and geography Outdoor Education unique to Bladon House School The provision of an Outdoor Education programme within the curriculum is a new initiative at Bladon House School. Every student is given the opportunity to access an outdoor education session every week with their class groups that is tailored to their individual needs. Forest School Forest School is an approach to outdoor education which originated in Scandinavia, where outdoor living and learning are totally embedded in society. In Scandinavia there is a strong belief that nature and movement are essential to a young person ’ s overall development and well - being. Bladon House has a new Forest School programme which runs throughout the year, with a classroom based on - site and at a local forestry centre. Activities The following Outdoor Education activities are planned throughout the academic year: Bush Craft – autumn and winter Archery – year round Orienteering – year round Rock Climbing – spring and summer Canoeing – spring and summer

“ Climb the mountains and get their good tidings. Nature ’ s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop away for you like the leaves of autumn. ” - John Muir

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