Canoeing is part of the National Curriculum and can bring a whole new dimension to learning subjects such as science, geography etc and not just physical education!
Read about 'Competitive Edge' at Richmond Canoe Club
Read about Morpeth Paddlesport Club
Read about Newham School's Indoor Kayak Challenge
The Government’s ambition:
Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto – November 2006
Every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
These, often the most memorable learning experiences, help us to make sense of the world around us by making links between feelings and learning. They stay with us into adulthood and affect our behaviour, lifestyle and work. They influence our values and the decisions we make. They allow us to transfer learning experienced outside to the classroom and vice versa.
Learning outside the classroom is about raising achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance. This is not only about what we learn but importantly how and where we learn.
The Manifesto acts as a shared statement of intent for all who see the benefits to young people and want to help bring about this vision of high quality, meaningful learning experiences for all.
What does research say?
Plenty of research has shown that people grow in their self esteem through outdoor adventure and this has been proved to show:
- enhanced mental and spiritual health,
- enhanced spiritual, sensory, and aesthetic awareness,
- the ability to assert personal control,
- increased sensitivity to one’s own well-being
- enhanced personal and social communication skills,
- increased physical health
Outdoor Adventure - What do professionals say?
“Outdoor adventure changes lives - young and old, children and parents, first timers and old hands ... it’s an experience for everybody in today’s society.” Graham Lodge, Adviser - Educational Visits Norfolk County Council