Outdoor Education

The aim of outdoor education at Breckenbrough is to provide our pupils with the skills for life

Find more information on local sites and venues which are regularly visited by Breckenbrough as part of Outdoor Education.

Outdoor Education

Breckenbrough has a long and valued tradition of Outdoor Education. This has been developed and evolved into an integrated and varied programme in its widest sense, and has become an important element of our formal curriculum.

Full participation is encouraged but we often adopt a ‘challenge by choice’ approach, with each boy being able to extend their abilities in their own timescales. The activities that are offered are fully differentiated, allowing each pupil to achieve.

The aim of outdoor education at Breckenbrough is to provide our pupils with the skills for life. We use outdoor activities and learning outside the classroom to challenge the boys and provide new experiences. The activities are used as a vehicle to promote collaboration through shared experiences and teamwork, enabling pupils to be reflective of their experiences and celebrate their achievements.

Great views

Learning outside the classroom promotes pupils to make connections in learning by bringing learning to life in a safe and nurturing environment. It teaches pupils to be resilient and promotes strategies in self-managing their behaviour.

Through shared experiences, pupils gain self-esteem and develop confidence, which they can take back into the classroom, encouraging problem solving both independently and through collaboration.

Activities:

We are ideally located between the Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors, which offers a great natural environment for a variety of activities. These include;

  • Mountain biking,
  • Indoor and outdoor rock climbing,
  • Surfing,
  • Canoeing and Kayaking
  • Navigation
  • Cross-curricular trips, which include museums and visitor attractions.

Each year the pupils take part in residential trips both in the UK and abroad. These trips celebrate the skills and achievements of the boys and promote independent living skills. Recent residential trips have included:-

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  • Mountain biking in Scotland
  • Climbing in North Wales and the Lake District

Successes

Some pupils have recently set themselves a fundraising challenge to raise money for new school sports facilities and to support national charities. To raise the money needed, they embarked on walking the National three peaks; Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon. This was completed over three weekends and proved to be a great success.

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Ofsted praised the Outdoor Education programme for reflecting the school ethos and putting it into practise.

All activities are delivered by staff holding the relevant NGB qualifications and with the experience to organise and run them. Although we do not fall under the jurisdiction of the Young Persons Act, our procedures are in line with those given for the licensing of activities.

Outdoor Education timetable

All Activities will require you to bring a ruck sack with a full change of clothes, towel and appropriate footwear. Feel free to ask the Outdoor Education team any questions you may have regarding the activities or clothing.

The timetable is only a guide and may change due to unforeseen circumstances such as the weather.

Activities highlighted in RED require a full change of clothes, swimming shorts and a towel.

Week Commencing

 

Monday

Year 9

Tuesday

Year 8

Wednesday DofE

Thursday

Year 10

Friday

Year 6&7

6/1/2020  Inset day Thorp Perrow Physical – Abseil Skiing

Yr6

Hill Walk

Yr7

Brimham

13/1/2020

Group discussion

 

MB – Yorkshire Museum

Mountain Biking

 

Physical  – Hill Walk Skiing

Yr6

Mountain Bike

Yr7

Trollers Gill

20/1/2020

TBC

 

 

MB –  Biking

Yorkshire Mining Museum Physical  – Brimham Skiing

Yr6

Brimham

Yr7

Mountain Bike

27/1/2020

TBC

 

 

MB – Fountains Abbey

Flowrider

Physical  –

Hill Walk

Skiing

Yr6

Trollers Gill

Yr7

Elvington

3/2/2020

TBC

 

 

MB – Biking

Climbing Skills – Howstean

Skiing

 

Yr6

Mountain Bike

Yr7

FlowRider

10/2/2020

 

TBC

 

 

MB – Bird Watching

Hill Walk

 

Climbing Skiing

Yr6

FlowRider

Yr7

NRM