Outdoor Education gives every individual a unique opportunity to explore curriculum subjects in a different environment; develop on a personal and social basis; expand his or her horizons via safe yet fun adventures and grow an appreciation of the natural world.
The teaching environment is any outdoor area relevant to the children’s needs, both in the Stirling area, wild areas of Scotland and even overseas. This may mean crags, rivers, lochs, forests, mountains and sea; it may also include man-made structures such as climbing walls and ropes courses. Specialist equipment for the exploration and utilisation of these “outdoor classrooms” is stored in a dedicated area within the school grounds.
The aim for any given pupil is that they develop via outdoor education. This will include elements of environmental understanding, personal and social outcomes. The vehicle for this development will be technical outdoor activities that require skills such as navigation, campcraft, teamwork and activity-specific skills pertinent to the craft (eg: being able to paddle a canoe). The journey for every pupil will also support curriculum subjects and learning outcomes will include Mathematics, Physics, Biology, English, Geography, History, Economics, etc.
Much of the programme will be delivered outside of normal teaching time. This will include after school, weekends and school holidays.
Every pupil’s CV will be enhanced by completion of Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award and the option is there to complete Gold. The development of outdoor activity clubs will encourage pupils to develop life-long, healthy, outdoor recreation. For the few who choose to pursue Outdoor Education as a career, there will be opportunities to gain leadership experience and even National Governing Body leadership qualifications.
The Outdoor Education department is newly devolved from other departments within the school. This presents limitless scope for programmes to be tailored specifically to the current Beaconhurst pupils. Existing programmes will continue, enhanced by new opportunities and underpinned by years of experience within the professional outdoor learning sector.