Outdoor Adventurous Activities

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Outdoor Adventurous Activities
Y WOBR AWYR AGORED
THE OUTDOOR AWARD
Helena Burrows and Oliver Burrows (Administrators)
Gwobr Awyr Agored
The Outdoor Award
 A holistic approach to the “Outdoors” with
Adventurous Activities and Cynefin underpinned by
universal Life Skills
 Emphasis is on the school providing the opportunities. It
is not expected every child will do every session
 Certificates for the children for participation, not for
achieving set standards. Therefore no need to keep
individual records
 Accreditation of the school at Bronze, Silver and Gold
levels by annual portfolio of their work
Gwobr Awyr Agored
Life-Skills
• Fitness
• Bikeability
• Swimming
• First Aid
• Journeying
• Cooking & Nutrition
Typically 16 -20
lessons
The Outdoor Award
Outdoor
Adventurous
Activities
Cynefin
• Climbing
• Canoeing
• Raft Building
• Caving or Mines
• Sailing
• Mountain Biking
• Orienteering
• Camping
• and many more…..
• Environmental
Project
• Environmental
Visit
• Follow on lessons
12 sessions or more
Around 10 lessons
Life-skills
Teach at least 4 modules.
 Fitness
 Bikeability
 Swimming
 First Aid
 Journeying
 Cooking and Nutrition
 Preferably 2 nights residential
Outdoor Adventurous Activities
IN DEPTH ACTIVITIES (At least two)
 At least 4 lessons devoted to each
 Skill s development over the sessions
 Adventure – particularly once basic skill have
been mastered
 National Governing Body Awards
TASTER ACTIVITIES (At least two)
 New experiences
 Adventurous and Fun
Outdoor Adventurous Activities
Skills development – 4+ sessions
Climbing
Bouldering
Outdoor Adventurous Activities
Kayaks
Open boats
Sea canoeing
Outdoor Adventurous Activities
Camping
Mountain
Biking
Orienteering
Outdoor Adventurous Activities
Skiing
Windsurfing
Dinghy sailing
Taster Activities
Abseiling
Gorge
scrambling
Body
boarding
Taster Activities
Raft building
Coasteering
Hill walking
Taster Activities
White Water Rafting
High Ropes
Course
Caving or
Mines
Tests for an appropriate OAA
 be outdoors (indoor climbing walls are an exception,
permitted because of the British climate!)
 be adventurous/exciting
 be physical
 The session must also be of appropriate duration – but
this will vary depending on the activity
 Non-taster activities should also allow skill
development over a series of 4 lessons.
The list given in the handbook is not comprehensive. Other
activities could fit the requirements – ring us and ask!
Suitable Taster Activities?
Water skiing
Go Karting
RIB trip
Cynefin Unit
 Environmental project
 At least 4 lessons
 2 Data collection sessions in contrasting locations
 There must be analysis as well as identification
 2 classroom lessons
 Suitable projects include
 Pond dipping in different locations
 Mini-beast hunts
 Seashore studies
Cynefin Unit
 Environmental Visit
 To a traditional conservation site
 County wildlife reserve
 RSPB Reserve
 To look at an energy conservation site
 Hydro-electric , wind farm or pump storage scheme
 Centre for Alternative Technology
 To an Environmental Centre such as Moel-y-Ci or Felin
Uchaf
 To study eco-buildings such as Ysgol y Graig, Llangefni
Cynefin Unit
 At least four follow up lessons
 Sustainability
 Climate change
 Our carbon footprint
 Wildlife and biodiversity
 Countryside stewardship
 Marine stewardship
 Food miles and sustainable farming
 Renewable energy and energy conservation
 Recycling
 Rural life and the local heritage
Example of teaching to fulfil the
Outdoor Award requirements
UNIT
Life Skills
MODULE
LESSONS
Fitness
6 lessons (1 per term over 2 years)
Bikeability
4 sessions
Swimming
6 lessons (half term block)
First Aid
6 lessons including one on CPR
Residential
3 day Residential at an LEA Outdoor Centre
TOTAL 22 sessions
Adventure
Bouldering
7 sessions (3 on site, 3 at the Beacon, 1 at Outdoor Centre)
Activities
Orienteering
5 lessons (3 on site, 1 at a Festival, 1 at Outdoor Centre)
High Ropes Course
1 session at Residential Centre
Hillwalking
1 session at Residential Centre
Canoeing
1 session at Residential Centre
Camping
1 session at Residential Centre
Abseiling
1 session at Residential Centre
TOTAL 17 sessions
Cynefin
Env. Project
2 Lessons sampling local streams
2 follow-up lessons
Env. Visit
1 full day visit to reserve in morning and Env. Centre in the
afternoon
(counted as 2 sessions)
Follow-up lessons
5 lessons (including one practical lesson on bio-diversity in
school wildlife garden)
TOTAL 11 lessons/sessions
OVERALL TOTAL
50 lessons/sessions over 2 year period
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Multi-Activity Days
Multi-Activity Days
Multi-Activity Days
Multi-Activity Days
Multi-Activity Days
Multi-Activity Days
FAQ’s - 1
I booked a canoe session but on the day it was
too windy and we did climbing instead. Do I
count it as a canoe session or a climbing
session?
You can count it as either (but not both!) as
the change was made by the provider at
the last minute.
FAQ’s - 2
I want to specialise in canoeing as the school have the
equipment, and I have the qualifications to lead all
the sessions. Can I do 8 sessions of this instead of
two activities for 4 sessions each?
No. The children need to be introduced to a
variety of different activities and experiences.
Some may hate water-sports but love climbing
for example, so they must do at least 4 sessions
of 2 different activities. But that does not stop
you running an extra 4 canoe sessions.
FAQ’s - 3
My class have been on an abseiling trip where they abseiled down
a tall man-made tower. While they were waiting for their go I
kept them occupied on the bouldering wall set up on the fence
alongside. Does this count as two activity taster sessions?
Probably not. The bouldering was just a “filler in” to occupy
them while waiting. However, if there was an instructor with
them teaching them how to do balance moves or showing
them ways to use holds as undercuts, layaways and pinch
grips then because of the skills teaching element it could be
counted as a separate activity providing that the time
devoted to it by each child was adequate
FAQ’s - 4
We have been offered a multi-activity day with 45 minutes
sessions (and 20 minute group changeovers) doing
mountain biking, climbing, abseiling and white water
rafting. Can I count this as 4 taster sessions?
Difficult question! You must use your professional judgment. Think how
much actual activity time each child has in the session, and remember
a session length must be appropriate to the activity. A 45 minutes
rafting session would be long enough to make an exciting descent, and
if (as is likely) the children get wet while doing this, then the session
would be long enough, as they would be getting too cold to do more.
With mountain biking ask if everybody would be active for the whole
session. If so, and they are developing skills on a purpose built skills
course , then this would count. However, it would not count if they
simply cycled around forest tracks for the session. That is not
mountain biking even if done on mountain bikes, it is ordinary cycling
and has no adventure or skills development element. When climbing
or abseiling the children might actually be waiting for most of the
session for their go, and only do one climb or abseil. This would not
count as the actual time an individual child spent doing the activity
might (with a group of 8) only be 5 minutes and therefore insufficient
for the activity.
FAQ’s - 4
What counts as hill-walking?
This is a difficult question. It is being offered as part of the
Adventure Unit, and by definition involves hills, so it must take
the child out of their usual surroundings, to an upland and wild
area. Some of the walk may involve crossing cultivated land,
but the target should be to reach moorland or mountainous
terrain.
Inevitably the best walks are heavily used, but if possible part of
such a walk should seek to take the pupils off major paths to
give a sense of remoteness and solitude. This need not be
truly remote, lunching a short distance away but out of sight of
the path will be sufficient.

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