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Humanities and outdoor activities

In September 2018 we launched an exciting new change to the curriculum. One half day of each week year 7 and 8 pupils participate in outdoor activities which aim to improve their ability to work in teams, build confidence and engage within school. As part of this day the pupils also study Humanities in the “real world”.

Autumn Term 2018 First Half


Geography –Mapwork and the UK

Understand how to orientate a map. Use a range of techniques to navigate yourself and a group to reach your goal.

Understand basic symbols and use them to create your own maps for others to read.

Be able to locate features on a map including the main rivers, mountains and national parks of the UK.

Describe the concept of contours and be able to interpret them to create three dimensional objects.

Begin to use compass bearings and map together effectively.


Autumn Term 2018 Second Half

Climbing and High Ropes ( Harlow outdoors)

History – British History State and society in mediaeval Britain

  • Understand the safety requirements of climbing including the correct use of equipment including helmet harness and ropes.
  • Be able to use basic climbing techniques and methods of belaying and communication
  • Experience a range of climbs indoor and outdoor.
  • Using the topics of the Norman Conquest and the emergence of Parliament pupils will deepen their understanding of local history. Pupils will develop their methods of enquiry, make connections and draw contrasts.



Student quotes - Humanities Trip Rock Climbing

D; "I really enjoyed it.  i can now do the figure of eight knot and the stop knot".

J: "It was amazing!  I can now get to the very top of the wall".

B: It was a thrilling experience.  Thanks to rock climbing, I am officially not afraid of heights any more".

Parent quotes

"J  has loved OAA, he has gained confidence and likes to help others. He thrives on new adventures,  writes where he has been in his diary."

"D really enjoys OAA. The text reminders of what they need are really helpful."

"A is always really positive about his time and is really keen to take part. He talks in depth about all activities and can't wait for the next one to come round, a real positive day."

"A always comes home telling me how much he enjoys OAA days and considering he doesn't like small spaces, the caving activity has really helped him."

"Humanities has really boosted R's confidence, which I think has helped him not only in Humanities but in every lesson. He enjoys every Humanities lesson and is doing things now that he would have never considered before."

"F has had some amazing opportunities in Humanities and has been encouraged to push his boundaries."





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