The Basic Adventure Curriculum
At the heart of these schools will be a curriculum design that actively deepens subject expertise for all young people through engagement in learning both inside and outside the classroom. There are seven critical curriculum dimensions that need to be in place for a school to be recognised as an Adventure Learning School™:
- The first is that all students will as part of their curricular entitlement have exposure to the wilderness as an environment (both urban and rural), in which learning takes place, and which, through adventure and expeditionary challenges, enable them to develop key skills and qualities. This would involve access to programmes such as The Duke of Edinburgh\'s Award.
- The second is that students entering Year 7 will have a flying start to their secondary school education through participating in a transitional adventure learning programme in Year 6 of their Primary School.
- Third, the school will adopt a ‘crew’ or vertical tutor group arrangement to ensure that every student is part of a nurturing social group and have the opportunity to learn from, support and lead others.
- The fourth is that the KS3 curriculum framework will have a predominantly enquiry approach. This will involve the use of learning expeditions which are extended lesson blocks to facilitate cross curricular project based work; and intensives, that are opportunities for deep inquiry, catch up or extended study by blocking out days and sometimes weeks every half term.
- The fifth is a discrete and unrelenting focus on Literacy and Numeracy to ensure that all students are in at least the top quartile of their distribution at the end of KS3. This will involve intensives, one to one tutoring and catch-up programmes as appropriate.
- Sixth, this will result in a coherent KS3 experience that utilises the elements above together with a range of additional learning entitlements such as acquiring a range of learning skills through direct curriculum experience, assessment for learning and the expanded repertoire of teaching strategies utilised by staff. This ensures that the student completes KS3 with a broad range of skills knowledge and experiences that equips them for the transition into adulthood.
- Seventh, students in KS4 will have access to a range of 14-19 pathways that have a strong connection with the outdoors as well as programmes that have a strong inquiry learning focus. This includes …
Adventure Learning Activities
Adventure Learning Schools™ will have a range of the adventure learning activities. These are likely to include: indoor climbing wall, external ropes course, adventure activity area, orienteering course, mountain biking course, local water based activities and ski track. There will also be opportunities for adventure learning in the urban environment and these sites need to be identified.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn\'t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.