Arete Outdoor Education

Y8 Outdoor Education Visit – Arete Outdoor Education  http://www.aretecentre.co.uk/       

In February, Year 8 are given the opportunity to visit the Arete Outdoor Education centre, to take part in activities which help build lifelong learning skills.

Educational Benefits Summary:

As identified by 'High Quality Outdoor Learning' (English Outdoor Council 2015) the desired outcomes of a residential experience are:

  • Enjoyment
  • Confidence and character
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Social and emotional awareness
  • Environmental awareness
  • Activity skills
  • Personal qualities
  • Skills for life
  • Increased motivation and appetite for learning
  • Broadened horizons

Skill Development

Opportunities are given for young people to develop life-long learning skills which can be used in different environments.  These skills can be transferable and used in different situations. Outdoor learning is positively promoted by the government, Ofsted and Estyn.  Research shows that well planned outdoor learning can have a positive effect on a child's social, emotional and personal development.

Personal and Social Development and Well Being

Young people are given the chance to strive to achieve goals and complete tasks, helping them to develop self-esteem.  Often this can lead to a higher level of self-motivation, a 'want to do better' attitude which can then be channelled into their academic studies. In different activities, children have the opportunities to work with other peers, adults and professionals.  They have to look at the different roles needed in situations and consider ways to work as a team.  In the outdoors they have to make decisions about the actions they take.  They will explore a range of different emotions and think of ways to manage them, in real life situations. Alongside experienced instructors they have to look at the way they participate in different activities and analyse risk for themselves. An important development step. They will experience different challenges which will help them develop skills to cope in everyday situations.