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Your invitation to our Open Day at Astbury Water Sports Centre !

Join us for an action, packed Open Day at Astbury Water Sports Centre on Saturday 28th April 2018, 11 am – 3pm !

We have loads of activities ready for you to try including Water Zorbs, Bushcraft, Climbing and Archery.

There will be a range of vessels available to hire including Canoes, Kayaks or Paddleboards.

You can pre book your unlimited activity wristband now for £12 or £15 on the day. Alternatively, on the day activities will cost £3 per session.

Your invitation to our Open Day at Underbank Activity Centre !

Join us for an action, packed Open Day at Underbank Activity Centre on Saturday 21st April 2018, 11 am – 3pm !

We have loads of activities ready for you to try including Water Zorbs, Bushcraft, Climbing, Archery, Zip Line and Leap of Faith.

There will be a range of vessels available to hire including Canoes, Kayaks or Paddleboards.

You can pre book your unlimited activity wristband now for £12 or £15 on the day. Alternatively, on the day activities will cost £3 per session.

Your invitation to our Open Day at Trafford Water Sports Centre !

Join us for an action, packed Open Day at Trafford Water Sports Centre on Sunday 25th March 2018, 11 am – 3pm !

We have loads of activities ready for you to try including Water Zorbs, Bushcraft, Climbing and Archery.

There will be a range of vessels available to hire including Canoes, Kayaks or Paddleboards.

You can pre book your unlimited activity wristband now for £12 or £15 on the day. Alternatively, on the day activities will cost £3 per session.

Benefits Of Beach Lessons Highlighted

The BBC recently highlighted the benefits noted among children in Devon who have lessons at the beach.

Children of primary school age are taken out of the classroom and to the seaside for hands-on learning thanks to Beach Schools South West, which travels the county to deliver sessions to local youngsters.

Ali Murray, beach schools team leader, told the news provider that “you can teach any subject at the beach”. Among the areas they tackle are ocean pollution, sea safety, shelter building and the environment.

Of course, you don’t need a beach to get children to learn about these and other subject areas out of the classroom – arranging outdoor activities in the Peak District for school classes can be equally as beneficial.

In fact, the concept of the beach school originated after the benefits of forest schools became widely known.

Both options are about offering children outdoor learning experiences, which, the news provider notes, can introduce youngsters to subjects in a new and engaging way, not to mention ensure that they have an active day of learning from time to time.

Children who attend these outdoor sessions are engaged with what they’re learning and they can even have a positive impact on the children’s interactions and friendships.

These benefits can spread beyond the time children are actually outdoors too, with a recent US study finding that outdoor lessons can boost concentration once they return to the classroom as well.

The project in Devon is just one example of how getting children outside and away from more traditional learning environments can benefit them in many ways, not just in terms of what they learn but also in relation to their problem solving and team building skills.

Outdoor Lessons Boost Children’s Concentration

When children have outdoor lessons, their concentration improves in subsequent lessons indoors, new research has found.

iNews reported on a study conducted in the US by psychologist Professor Ming Kuo, where she worked with a school to see what difference having outdoor lessons had on nine and ten-year-old students.

Over the course of ten weeks, an experienced teacher and a more sceptical teacher each held a lesson outdoors and a similar one in a normal classroom. They covered a range of subjects during this period.

Professor Kuo observed that the children were much more attentive and engaged with their schoolwork after having a lesson outside.

“Our teachers were able to teach uninterrupted for almost twice as long at a time after the outdoor lesson, and we saw the nature effect with our sceptical teacher as well,” she asserted.

As well as the researchers making their own observations, they spoke to the teachers about their experiences, and showed photos of the lessons to external observers without telling them which lessons followed time outdoors and which didn’t, and asked them to judge the levels of engagement.

Spending more time out and about surrounded by nature is good for all of us, but especially children. As well as holding lessons outside, it is also great to offer youngsters outdoor pursuits in Derbyshire around the standard curriculum.

This is something children have less opportunity to do than ten years ago, according to research from the Bohunt Trust. The organisation stressed that outdoor education can help children’s self development, as well as boosting their academic achievements.

Duke Of Edinburgh Award Origins Revealed in The Crown

People who are looking for the best adventure activities Derbyshire has to offer for their Duke of Edinburgh (DoE) award should be interested to learn how the award originated.

Luckily, all has been revealed in a recent episode of The Crown on Netflix. The series, which is thought to be one of the most watched series ever produced by the online streaming service, focuses on the history of the royal family, from Queen Elizabeth’s marriage in 1947.

One of the episodes in the second series, focuses on Prince Phillip’s education at Gordonstoun, and it’s influence on his later decision to introduce the Duke of Edinburgh award to young people across the UK.

The school runs an annual challenge which takes place over many miles of the local Scottish terrain, and the concept is supposed to reflect the school’s moto ‘Plus est en Vous’ – ‘There is more in you than you think’.

It takes place in teams and is designed to challenge pupils involved emotionally and physically in order to contribute to their personal development. This is as it is believed that pushing yourself out of your personal comfort zone is supposed to make you more resilient.

Originally introduced in 1956 it was first opened to boys aged 15 to 18, and then eventually to girls a year later. It was designed to introduce people without a Gordonstoun or even Public School background to the opportunity to try something new. It is now focused on volunteering, physical challenges and development and expedition.