The inclusion of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) in the PE curriculum is an indication of the value educationalists place on such activities. Although not a compulsory element in the PE National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, there is no reason why it should not be introduced at this stage.
At present, limited information and training is available to teachers and support staff therefore this OAA Activities Offer to Schools is aimed at helping staff to deliver high quality OAA.
What is OAA?
It is generally agreed that 'outdoor education' or more recently 'outdoor learning' is not a subject but an approach to education which is concerned with the overall development of young people. It is an organised approach to learning in which direct experience is of paramount importance. The term learning in the outdoors embraces activities and experiences that:
- normally take place outside
- frequently have an adventurous, challenging, residential or learning component
- generally involve physical activity; and
- always respect the environment
The term OAA has been chosen because there is an essential need for adventure and challenge in the education of young people. In addition, when children participate in OAA they will be consolidating other areas of PE such as developing motor skills, confidence and competence in the outdoor environment as well as both mental and physical challenges. These may or may not be of a competitive nature. Most importantly they will also be learning the principles of safety.
OAA Activities Offer to Schools
Leicester-Shire & Rutland Sport (LRS) have identified a considerable gap in a high quality, accessible and affordable Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA) offer to schools across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland.
LRS are therefore currently working with a local OAA expert – Alan Jacobs, to create an appropriate offer for schools.
Alan is an experienced PE and Outdoor Education specialist with over 40 years' experience working within different educational settings (early years, primary, secondary and higher education).
Alan was responsible for establishing Leicestershire County Council's guidance on health and safety for educational visits, including residential trips, and has been involved in this area for more than twenty years, mainly as the Service Manager of Beaumanor Hall.
- Group Seminar
- Individual School Audits
- Outdoor Learning Cards Course (OLC)
- Evaluating quality and effectiveness of your Outdoor Learning
- Leading Outdoor Learning Visits
- Sports Premium Workshop
- OAA Practical Workshop
- Orienteering Foundation/Key Stage 1
- Orienteering Foundation Key Stage 2
- Team Building and Problem Solving in Key Stage 2
- Journeying/Camp Craft
- Environmental Cards/John Muir Award
- Forest Schools
- Racoon Circles