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Case Study: KS1 Bushcraft Day
Date: 14th January 2016
Location: Colwick Country Park, Nottingham
Number of Children: 1100
Cost: £2.99 per child (exc. travel expenses)
The importance of survival, self-reliance and self-discovery was ignited in children at a young age during the Bushcraft Day. The wide range of activities offered, throughout the day, placed children in an environment where they had to think, communicate and act in a manner which helps understand and overcome obstacles found in the wild while also awakening their curiosity; all of which based on a strong foundation of education and knowledge.
The day’s activities were chosen to maximise learning and to be cost-effective. The following offers a short description of what the children did and what they gained from it:
Orienteering: The children were placed in a wooded area, and were given a map and compass to navigate around the area where they were exposed to different aspects of nature. Supervision was conspicuous and readily-available and it gave the children opportunities to see plants and trees in their natural environment, whilst building strong navigational attributes.
Skills Ascertained: self-dependence, decision-making skills, creative thinking
Bug-hunting: Children were given plastic containers and asked to look for insects. They captured an insect, after which they weighed, measured and observed characteristics of that insect.
Skills Ascertained: hunting, mathematics, entomology
Clay Animal-Making: Through the use of mouldable clay, children were asked to create animals found in the wild. Their creativity and artistic skills were put to the test and their appreciation of different animals encouraged.
Skills Ascertained: ingenuity, imaginative, precision
Adventure Tracking: The senses of touch and sight were tested during this activity. A texture of an animal was described and the children were responsible to find something of a similar texture in the wild. For example, rabbits are furry and so a furry texture was sought.
Skills Ascertained: exploration, creativity, inventiveness
Camouflage & Concealment: A talk on how camouflage is found in nature to help animals avoid predators and the different techniques humans can use to camouflage themselves. Thereafter, face-paint and ghillie suits were utilised by children to try and conceal oneself and hide in the surrounding areas to see if they could avoid the gaze of the teachers.
Skills Ascertained: dexterity, stealth, resourcefulness
Other aspects, of the day, and their respective benefits included the following:
- Overseen by 6 professionals from Adventure Services, who also helped train 45 teachers so they were well-prepared for the activities before the day had even begun
- Pupil-to-pupil supervision was strongly enforced, where every part of the day had elements of children leading other children. The benefits of this approach have found children are more confident and work well together collectively
- The activities had full engagement of all children, of all backgrounds and abilities. Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children were fully supported and participated in all activities
- Presence of St John Ambulance, portable toilets, insect-repellent and refreshments were all accessible
The advantages of Bushcraft Event Days are palpable in the children’s excitement, eagerness to learn and their determination to embrace the outdoors. This all created an environment where children felt the importance of nature and survival and how it has aided humans to exist. These sentiments can be illustrated in a sentence, uttered by a child, who attended:
“I feel like I can tackle anything now.”
Case Study: KS2 Bushcraft Day
Date: 28th June 2016 & 08th July 2016
Location: Colwick Country Park, Nottingham
Number of Children: 1000 each day
Cost: £3.10 per child (exc. travel expenses)
KS2 children were exposed to the great outdoors in a Bushcraft day. The beauty of how nature can influence our thoughts and actions in a positive way were emphasised; as well as basic survival skills and interest in wildlife generated.
Students from all over Nottingham were grouped together, over two days, to participate in these activities. This introduced children to different children, from different backgrounds and from different socio-economic groups. The day was a success in breaking down barriers and helping children, learn from a young age, the importance of equality and societal harmony.
There was a wide array of activities that catered to the different interests in children and captivated the imagination of both the children and the teachers. Below is a synopsis, of each of the activities, executed on the day:
Orienteering: Children depended on their wits and initiative when asked to follow a pre-determined path in a woodland area. They were equipped with a map and compass, and with supervision from teachers, asked to follow a route and pick up artefacts that would help them use their Kelly Kettle, on the way.
Skills Ascertained: hunting, map-reading, navigating in wildernesses
Bug-hunting: Children hunted for small insects, after which transporting one insect into a transparent container. The insects were weighed, measured, examined and characteristics extrapolated.
Skills Ascertained: gathering, entomology, mathematics, scientific-thought
Kelly Kettle Lighting: Fires were ignited and maintained from natural resources. Kelly Kettles were then used to make tea for teachers, with features of fire, natural resources, heat, danger and protection from fire discussed.
Skills Ascertained: fire-making, fire-safety, inventiveness
Knot-tying & Shelter Building: Various knots were shown and their benefits and detriments discussed. The children were asked to replicate these knots, with the subsequent knots being used for shelter building. A shelter was made from natural means found in the vicinity.
Skills Ascertained: resourcefulness, construction, knot-tying
Camouflage & Concealment: The survival of the fittest theory explained using the notion of camouflage and concealment used by animals to evade predators. Face-paint applied and ghillie suits worn; children were asked to hide from teachers, whose job it was to find the children and therefore putting the survival of the fittest theory into practice.
Skills Ascertained: stealth, adroitness, evolution theory
The structure and assistance given on the day included the following:
- Adventure Services provided 6 professionals, on the day, and prior to the event trained 45 teachers on the various activities
- Children were encouraged to lead the activities and their peers; this pupil-to-pupil responsibility helped create cohesion, perseverance and harmony within the group
- Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) children were engaged and participated in all activities
- Onsite St John Ambulance, portable toilets, insect-repellent and refreshments were all on hand
The day helped create appreciation and realisation of the beauty and resourcefulness the outdoors has to offer. Children were asked to work together, with children from all over the city, and grow to understand and grasp the various ideas others have. The testimonies from the day boast life-long friends, lessons learnt and interest for the wild created; all of which highlights the strength and importance of this endeavour.