Activity Days For Schools & Youth Organisations

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Polaris Wilderness Adventure Ltd provide a range of activity days for schools, Youth Services and youth organisations as well as providing bespoke days tailored to your specific requirements. All courses are held at our beautiful woodland site on the Bucks/Herts border within easy reach of London and only 5 minutes from Junction 17 of the M25. Alternatively we can arrange to come to a suitable site of your choice.
Bushcraft and outdoor skills are becoming increasingly valued as a way of engaging young people in a range of hands-on activities, and are particularly popular and valuable for young people who spend much of their time in urban environments.
Schools
Our courses can be offered as exciting and confidence building extra-curricular activities for students or they can be mapped to the National Curriculum Key stages for a range of subjects.

Here are a few examples of how Bushcraft Skills can map to the National Curriculum
How Fire lighting can be matched to Science Key Stages 1-2
Eg.Key Stage 1:
SC1: Gathering evidence by making observations. SC3: Properties of different woods. SC4: On a fire bow pushes and pulls are examples of forces and the effect they have on the drill.
Key stage 2:
SC1. Thinking creatively about how things work, SC3: The material properties of different woods, Changes that occur when things are heated, burning wood results in the formation of new materials and is non-reversible. SC4: Friction between the fire bow components, Forces and the direction they act.
 
How Natural Navigation can be matched to Science Key Stage 4 - 3.4) The Environment, Earth and the Universe
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How Fire lighting can be matched to History Key Stage 1
Fire lighting and its meaning for early hominids can be related to the following History Key Stage 1 areas:
1) Chronological Understanding, 2) Knowledge and Understanding of events, people and changes in the past, 3) Historical Interpretation, 4) Historical Enquiry, 6) Breadth of study 6b) The way of life of people in the more distant past who lived in the local area or elsewhere in Britain.
 
Our Plant and tree identification and Animals and Ecosystems days can be matched to Key Stage 1 SC2 for all 5 areas; Life processes, Humans and Other Animals, Green plants, Variation and Classification and Living Things and their Environment and the 6th Communition objective could also be linked to by work from one of the other 5 areas.
 
We are happy to assist with matching your days’ activities to the National Curriculum Key Stages.
As the examples above show subjects can often be matched to a range of key stage areas, and the same is true of all the subjects we teach which include:
 
  • Fire: preparation, lighting, management and maintenance
  • Water: sourcing, collection, filtration and purification
  • Shelter both man-made and natural covering positioning, construction, materials, insulation, convection, conduction, radiation, evaporation
  • Foraging for edible wild plants, game preparation
  • Plant and Tree identification, categorisation and uses
  • Tracking and nature awareness
  • Primitive hunting techniques
  • Campfire cooking
  • Navigation with map & compass
  • Natural navigation (celestial by day and night, and following the clues left by plants, animals, weather and the land)
  • Campcraft: Cordage, carving & green woodworking
The opportunities to learn in an exciting and different way are huge, when considering Bushcraft encompasses an endless range of topics. With each of the above subjects there is a wide scope for study, which will be determined according to your specific requirements. By working together with you, we can produce a package that will provide your students with an outstanding and memorable learning experience.



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Youth Services/Organisations
If your requirement is for Youth Diversion rather than Formal Education then our team we will be happy to work with you. Drawing on our considerable professional experience of working with schools, youth services and youth diversion schemes, we will deliver an exciting, engaging and beneficial package, which can be all about fun, or be given a particular focus should you wish, for example relating the course to a theme of environmental responsibility, or to knife crime, knife safety and the law.


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Examples of our activity days include:

Activity Day 1- Fire
Learning Objective: By the end of this session students will understand the importance of fire within natural lifecycles, as well as being able to demonstrate how to safely choose a site for a fire, gather suitable fuel and light the fire by multiple methods. They will learn to use an appropriate fire lay and cook a simple snack on the fire, before safely extinguishing the fire and leaving no trace of its existence. This session will then provide the foundation for subsequent foraging, cooking and water purification sessions when they will be able to light their own fires.
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Activity Day 2 - Shelter and Water
Learning Objective: Students will learn how to build a suitable weatherproof shelter to provide protection from the elements, and will be able to source and purify water from a variety of sources as well as explaining the dangers of improperly purified water.    
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Activity Day 3 - Plants and Trees: Identification and uses
Learning Objective: To be able to identify common trees and plants, both edible and poisonous, and explain how they may be used. This session will introduce students to the most common of our woodland trees and plants, how to identify them and give an insight into their uses both past and present. Students will have the opportunity to forage for edible plants and cook what they have found. (NOTE for saftey reasons fungi will not be included in the cooking).
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Activity Day 4 - Animals and Ecosystems
Learning Objective: By the end of the session students will have an understanding of various ecosystems within the woodland, as well as being able to describe the main British mammals, both large and small, and their tracks and signs. An introduction to tracks will be provided and students will then be split into groups to practise their skills as they examine a number of animal feeding sites and tracks and have to establish what creatures made them.
Activity Day 5 - Survival Scenario
The suggested final session is a fun test of the previous lessons learning in the form of a full day’s activity beginning with a briefing where a scenario will be presented to students. They will then have to draw on the skills they have learned as they work together throughout the day to prioritise and provide for all their essential survival needs from the woodland, finding shelter, fire, food and water as well as deciding upon a rescue strategy.
 
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Alternative Day 5/ Additional Session - Camp craft
Learning Objective: Students will learn basic craft skills including safe use of tools and wood carving. Each will have the opportunity to begin a carving project, as well as learning how to make and use natural cordage and items to assist with outdoor cooking.