At Whitley Park we offer pupils the opportunity to participate in residential outdoor adventure experiences to Ufton Adventure based at Ufton Court.
Ufton Adventure is set within the beautiful grounds of Ufton Court Tudor House in Berkshire. Through the school term, we are able to take advantage of whole class residential visits as well as day trips for children in Key Stage 2 . In addition to these we participate in three carefully planned ‘immersion’ experience for a number of pupils across the WEC primary schools. These consist of three day (two night) residential visits repeated four times for each of three differently focused groups: those who are vulnerable, those who are more suited to learn through academic challenge outside and those for whom behaviour is an issue.
Outdoor adventure and residential experiences enable pupils to enjoy challenging and unfamiliar experiences that test and develop their physical, social and personal skills. They can be the most memorable experiences for pupils of their school days.
Outdoor education compliments the school curriculum; PE, environmental education and personal and social education,
Outcomes for pupils include:
- Enjoyment: Young people enjoy participating in outdoor activities and adopt a positive attitude to challenge and adventure.
- Confidence: Young people gain personal confidence and self-esteem through taking on challenges and achieving success.
- Social awareness: Young people develop their self-awareness and social skills, and their appreciation of the contributions and achievements of themselves and of others.
- Environmental awareness: Young people become alive to the natural environment and understand the importance of conservation and sustainable development.
- Skills: Young people acquire and develop a range of skills in outdoor activities, expeditions and exploration.
- Personal qualities: Young people demonstrate increased initiative, self-reliance, responsibility, perseverance and commitment.
- Key skills: Young people develop and extend their key skills of communication, problem solving, leadership and teamwork.
- Health and fitness: Young people learn to appreciate the benefits of physical fitness and the lifelong value of participation in healthy leisure activities.
- Increased motivation and appetite for learning: Young people display an increased motivation and appetite for learning that contributes to raised levels of attainment in other aspects of their education.
- Broadened horizons: Young people broaden their horizons and become open to a wider range of employment opportunities and life chances.
Time spent reviewing the activities ensures that learning outcomes are emphasised, reinforced and applied in the future.
At Whitley Park, we value the experiences that the pupils gain at Ufton Adventure and regularly see the benefits transferred back into the classroom; socially, emotionally and academically.
For more information about Ufton Adventure please visit their website