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Focus on: Go Ape

Date Posted: 24/07/2014

Subjects: English, Maths, Science
Venue: Various
Key Stages: 1-4

Go Ape’s centres in Dorset, Staffordshire, Hampshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Surrey and Kent, can enable school groups to achieve new heights and gain confidence in an outdoor setting.

With the help of practicing teachers, Go Ape has developed a range of imaginative and stimulating classroom resources to support the National Curriculum.

Topics include how to measure trees, environmental issues, healthy living and writing projects inspired by an adventurous day out. 

A typical school day itinerary at Go Ape

10am: Arrival at the forest, welcome and briefing. Complete one of the curriculum-based activities such as estimating the age and size of trees.

11.30am: Take part in an exhilarating tree top adventure involving canopy exploring, obstacles and a zip wire.

The junior course is aimed at pupils from the age of six to 12 and the safety systems are designed so that participants stay attached the whole time they are in the trees.

The longer classic adventure for older pupils lasts for two hours or more so can be planned to cover the entire morning without an additional activity.

12.30pm: Lunch in the forest, or under a forest shelter if it rains. The courses remain open in all but the worst weathers and mud can just add to the fun.

1.30pm: Complete another of the school activities. Back on the forest floor, an option for pupils aged ten and over is to go exploring on a Segway.

Now available at ten Go Ape Centres, the rugged self-balancing Segways offer a novel way to explore the woodland trails.

Alternatively, other worksheet activities include a version of a scavenger hunt where pupils take photos of different materials being used for different purposes in the forest.

Back in the classroom they prepare a presentation linking the selected material to its usage.

2.30pm: Depart.

For more information contact:
0845-643 9215

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