Outreach Programme for Schools and Youth Groups

Avoid the expense and trouble of arranging the transport to the centres and let us bring team building and problem solving activities to your school.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Outdoor Education Centres Cuffley Camp and Hudnall Park are excited to offer a new Schools Outreach programme that has been devised to provide opportunities for children to engage with the curriculum through practical hands on learning and discovery, offering the potential to improve knowledge, skill and understanding.

Staff are available to deliver on site ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ activity sessions within schools, which have a variety of links across several subjects within the National Curriculum.  Sessions can be delivered in outdoor spaces in the school grounds or indoor spaces such as assembly hall or school gyms.  All activities are risk assessed and equipment is provided.  

The days are designed to provide a fun and practical way to meet the skill requirements of the National Curriculum. A list of the activities on offer through our Schools Outreach service can be found below.  Depending on the activity, sessions can be delivered to up to 30 pupils and programmes can be tailored according to your school’s needs. 

The benefits of Learning Outside the Classroom have been recognised by Ofsted in raised attainment, improved behaviour and motivating and engaging children in learning, especially those who may not learn well in the traditional classroom setting (Ofsted 2012).

Instructors can also deliver to youth groups where they meet. They can work with young people to deliver sessions on camping skills, navigation, climbing, team building, etc.

Activities on offer:

The programme can be tailored to your school’s requirements and our staff can advise on suitable activities to suit the curriculum needs together with managing risk effectively. The following activities can be offered on an individual basis or as part of a combination package:

Team Building

Allows your pupils to participate in a series of physical and mental challenges that encourage team working and the development of trust between participants. The participants are shown and encouraged to use a number of techniques for approaching and solving problems. These activities are designed to encourage enjoyment in communication and collaboration and provide opportunities to evaluate and recognise success and improve performance through the day.

Habitats

Dependant on the outdoor space available (woodland, hedge, field or a combination). Activities can include bug hunting, trees, flowers and plants, animal evidence, adaptations, food chains and webs.

Rocks and Soil

Children will investigate soil and sort rocks through colour, hardness and form, performing simple experiments and considering the processes that formed them.

Art in the environment

Choose from soil painting, colour mixing, observational drawing and water colour. Dependant on your school grounds natural sculpture may also be an option.

Literacy in the Environment

Choose from poetry, scavenger hunts and word trails.

Maths in the Environment

Dependant on the grounds available, activities can include estimating distances, measuring, shape and symmetry, angles, co-ordinates and quadrant surveys.

Circus Skills Workshop

Our workshop gives young people the opportunity to test out their skills learning how to use circus equipment. Our staff will give a demonstration and training tips to allow participants to start practicing skills they need to master this equipment.  The workshop includes the opportunity to practice with a range of equipment and is concluded with a short performance by the participants.

Archery Workshop

We can bring archery to your school to run as part of sports days, school events or as lessons. All our staff our GNAS qualified. Sessions can be run for ages 9 to adult. To run archery at your venue we will require an outside area at least 100m x 50m. We can also run our archery sessions inside if you have a big enough sports hall or gym.

Climbing Wall  **

We can bring our mobile climbing wall to your school to run as part of sports days, school events or as lessons.  The climbing wall is about 8 meters or 24 ft high and comes with trained staff and all necessary safety equipment. It has four routes and can be used either: as a taught session for groups of 12 or to give children the opportunity to have a one off try as part of a larger school event.

The climbing wall can be used either to help deliver outdoor adventurous activities as part of the schools PE curriculum or as part of a school event. Vehicular and trailer access are required for this activity.

Shoretrax Mobile Bike Course **

Shoretrax is a portable mountain bike track system, designed by professional mountain bike riders and inspired by the timber mountain bike trails of Canada’s North Shore. It can be adapted to suit riders of any age or skill level and is the perfect introduction to get young people and adults of all ages riding their bikes, whilst having fun!

The track can be used either with young people’s own bikes or the Centres bikes. The activity is fully risk assessed and comes with all necessary safety equipment.

The climbing wall can be used either to help deliver outdoor adventurous activities as part of the schools PE curriculum or as part of a school event. Vehicular and trailer access are required for this activity.

** see more information further down the page

Training on the use of Outdoor Learning Cards

In addition to delivering sessions to children and young people, the Outdoor Education team can train and support staff to use ‘Outdoor Learning Cards’.  These are specifically designed for teachers and youth workers who have no previous experience in outdoor education to deliver outdoor activities within their own grounds.

The Outdoor Learning Cards contribute directly to a wide range of educational and development aims for young people and cover four elements of Outdoor Learning that can be delivered on a school / youth project site and in the surrounding environment:

  • Orienteering - developing good map reading skills
  • Team Building and Problem Solving - how to challenge your young people
  • Bouldering - Use of low level climbing walls
  • Journeying - Local visits organised by young people

The Cards are supported by a Handbook and CD that provide detailed information on all aspects of activity delivery. All key elements for successful delivery are explored in the 6 hour training course.

 

Setting up and running orienteering courses in your school grounds

The course outlines how orienteering fits into the curriculum, including an exploration of its cross curriculum links. We will help you locate suitable areas within the school for orienteering courses and help you design a range of courses suitable for different age groups. Guidance will be given on sourcing resources and creating teaching plans for the delivery of the courses including how to create progression and teach the different required skills.

Mobile climbing wall

There is a mobile climbing which can be hired by groups. It is 8 metres high and has four different routes. This activity can be used at fetes, within schools, in parks and many other places. It makes an impressive feature at any event. Instructors and equipment come as part of the deal.

Shoretrax Mobile Bike Course

Shoretrax is a portable mountain bike track system, designed by professional mountain bike riders and inspired by the timber mountain bike trails of Canada’s North Shore. It can be adapted to suit riders of any age or skill level and is the perfect introduction to get young people and adults of all ages riding their bikes, whilst having fun!

The track can be used either with young people’s own bikes or the Centre’s bikes. The activity is fully risk assessed and comes with all necessary safety equipment.

Price

Outreach sessions can be provided (within approximately one hour travelling time of the centres)

Maximum number of participants will depend on activity.

Primary - £360.00 for 1 tutor – additional tutors £305.00 per tutor

Secondary - £390.00 for 1 tutor – additional tutors £335.00 per tutor

 

Please contact the centres to obtain a quote.

If you would be interested in taking advantage of our Outreach Programme, or would like to find out more about any of the services then contact our team on

01707 872632 or e-mail cuffleycamp@hertfordshire.gov.uk 

01442 843400 or e-mail hudnall.park@hertfordshire.gov.uk