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South Cerney Outdoor – Outdoor Activities for Schools

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OUTDOOR ADVENTURE EXPERIENCES

liberate children’s personal development through an accelerated focus on working together, sharing resources, problem solving and managing risk in ways not easily possible in formal school environments. South Cerney Outdoor at the Cotswold Water Park is one of the Uk’s leading outdoor residential centres for schools and has some of the most exciting options for school visits and team building activities that Gloucestershire has to offer.

Teachers are desperate to inspire their pupils and find new ways to engage and educate them. The challenges of increased class sizes and constant testing can create barriers to reaching a diverse range of individuals and learning styles and have a knock-on effect to the whole group.

So how is it possible to provide individual focus whilst working with a whole group?

We believe the outdoors has the answer… but we’re not the only ones…

“Getting children out of the classroom raises ‘standards, motivation, personal development and behaviour’.” – Ofsted

Our expertise as an outdoor activity centre for schools, coupled with our glorious lakeside location, can help teachers achieve these benefits for their students of all ages.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITES ON LAND OR WATER DESIGNED FOR PRIMARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

All year round we offer Learning Outside the Classroom for Primary Schools. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) describes their exciting initiative as “a tool for teaching and learning which has been proven to raise attainment and achievement, improve behaviour and improve the engagement of all groups of pupils, including those who are hard to engage inside the classroom environment.” 

At South Cerney we will provide children with opportunities to engage in activities such as water sports, bushcraft and learning survival skills, all strongly related to this element in the school curriculum. Residential trips for primary schools offer the chance to enjoy all these activities to the full, spending day and night at our beautiful setting in the Cotswold countryside.

Key stages one and two are a time when formal education still needs to be balanced with opportunities for learning through play and the great outdoors provides primary school children with a chance to engage with the magic of the natural world.  Outdoor activity centres for primary schools like South Cerney Outdoor can provide rich opportunities for primary aged children to develop skills in problem-solving, communication and teamwork and to nurture their creativity and resourcefulness. Being outdoors and participating in new activities on land and water will feed children’s imaginations and widen their horizons. Imagine the vocabulary banks and story ideas for literacy sessions that will flow from these experiences.

South Cerney Outdoor will ensure that the correct balance is struck between providing the right environment for fostering independence and ensuring all children are safe. We can draw upon a coaching team with over 100 years of collective experience and which is expert at designing bespoke programmes for individual schools.

South Cerney Outdoor can provide primary school outdoor taster sessions,  half-days or full days, individually designed around your particular curriculum or pupil requirements. Alternatively, we can offer residential trips for primary schools, with a full and varied programme of land and water based activities. Our residential trips for primary schools give children many opportunities to have fun and to make new friends at our glorious location in the Cotswolds.

There are lots of exciting events for primary schoolchildren to look forward to. For the summer term of 2020 we are holding Enrichment Days, which include team building activities and challenges that are related to these landmark events in the academic calendar. And get ready too for our Year 6 leavers parties in July 2020, celebrating the last year that children will have at their junior schools.

residential trips for primary schools

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES ON LAND OR WATER DESIGNED FOR SECONDARY SCHOOL CHILDREN

The unique experience of the outdoors is impossible to replicate within the confines of the classroom. Not only that, it can’t be replicated in a computer game, on a tablet or on a smartphone, despite what some children might argue!  Many parents find it difficult to wrestle the devices away from their children.  Outdoor activity centres for secondary schools are the perfect answer to get children off the couch and into the great outdoors where they can try new sports and activities, develop skills in problem-solving, team work, communication and leadership and learn the subtleties of fostering positive relationships with their peers.  

All these newly acquired aptitudes and attitudes can be taken with the children on to the next important stage in their lives, be it further education or the world of work. Residential trips for secondary schools to South Cerney Outdoor can provide excellent opportunities to enhance the range of skills and confidence of students taking part and also to help them to develop a love of the countryside and nature.

Our range of outdoor team building activities have been planned and adapted to suit secondary school children. We have tried to make sure we provide enough of a challenge to get the kids thinking without them finding the tasks too hard and losing interest. We are able to put together a programme to suit your needs and requirements. 

For those beginning their time at secondary school, our new intake induction bonding days for Year 7 students are being held in September 2020. These provide great ways to get to know each other and make friends through exciting activities at South Cerney Outdoor. Enrichment weeks for the Year 7 intake are also taking place in September 2020, with water sports and teamwork challenges to support this essential and imaginative element of the school curriculum.

Research undertaken by Plymouth University revealed “a significant drop in the amount of time spent outside as a child moves from primary to secondary education.”  We believe, therefore, that it is essential that good healthy living habits are encouraged at this critical stage in children’s lives and that outdoor activity school residentials provide an excellent opportunity to do this. Residential trips for secondary schools to South Cerney Outdoor have consistently proved to be popular and rewarding for students taking part.

The Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) Award scheme has been developing the skills and confidence of generations of young people since the 1950s, and South Cerney Outdoor is delighted to be able to offer a wide range of activities for Tears 8 and 9 secondary school students undertaking the D of E Bronze Award programme. The Physical Section of the four elements in the D of E scheme includes a variety of water sports from canoeing to windsurfing and land challenges from archery to orienteering. South Cerney Outdoor is the perfect location for taking on these Bronze Award activities. 

South Cerney Outdoor will ensure that the correct balance is struck between providing the right environment for fostering independence and ensuring all children are safe. We can draw upon a coaching team with over 100 years of collective experience and which is expert at designing bespoke programmes for individual schools.

South Cerney Outdoor can provide secondary school outdoor taster sessions, half-days or full days, individually designed around your particular curriculum or pupil requirements. Alternatively, we can offer residential trips for schools, with a full and varied programme of land and water based activities. Our residential trips for secondary schools offer students many great ways to develop new skills and to make new friends at our glorious location in the Cotswolds.

Also, there are our great parties for secondary school leavers to look forward to at South Cerney Outdoor, with celebrations from May to July 2020 for Year 11 students and June and July 2020 for 6th form leavers in Year 13.

residential trips for secondary schools

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