Hunter Outdoor Training's 'tool box' comprises a wide range of skills and techniques to transcend curriculum boundaries; and Hunter's experience is vast throughout the education world, military and police services, environmental study, and wilderness, mountain and Arctic expedition and research. Thus we bring to the table a lot of hard-won knowledge which is the pupils' for-the-taking.
Cross-subject links and whole-curriculum coverage at Lincewood are considerable:
Geography mapwork, exploration, environmental studies, expeditions, equipment knowledge, landforms and
and navigation skill using compass and terrain. Cross curricular link to science and numeracy.
Maths/Numeracy 'numbers in nature' (orienteering), distance, scale, measurement, angles, and gradients. Cross
link to geography and physical education.
English/Literacy stimulative original work based on activities; reading about explorers; stories. Cross curricular link
to history, and citizenship.
History of exploration, Plotlands, of early and ancient cultures’ eg Neolithic, Iron Age, Anglo-Saxons: use of
skills. How people in every age lived, moved, and worked outdoors, visiting their skills-base. Cross
curricular link to geography, science, numeracy, literacy, art.
Science study of trees/wood, plants, insects, the body’s energy, habitats.
weather studies: the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of rainfall/temperature/wind etc
soil, rocks, water purification, Fire: ignition, combustion, useage (and abusage!).
First Aid: in-depth study (and qualification) through St. John Ambulance Young First Aider Award
organised by the school of injuries and conditions and how to treat them in an emergency.
Cross curricular link to geography, environmental studies, physical education, citizenship and
Design/Technology: building eg shelters, stretchers, bridges, geometric shapes in architecture. Cross curricular link to
science, history, geography, numeracy.
Phys Education health related fitness through eg orienteering, movement skills; 'body knowledge'. Cross curricular
link to geography, citizenship.
Citizenship working together; helping; ‘going the second mile’. Understanding roles, rights, and responsibilities.
Life Skills team-work, leadership, communication, personal organisation, planning, decision making,
listening, briefing, problem solving, group presentations. Cross curricular link to all subjects.
Art colour, texture, perspective, distance, view, and composition. Cross curricular link to history, literacy,
It is absolutely critical to engage these pupils by developing trust, knowing your craft (so that they can see you know what you're talking about!), undertaking to explain the links between the different things we do, and giving praise....after all this is education like they will not have seen before, and being 'out' in all weathers, being bombarded with information - which they're expected to remember, AND come back for more the next week and the next and the next.....means they are left in no doubt that the outdoors is a fantastic 'glue' that can weld concepts together or explain simple ones quite quickly. They have fun too; at the end of every year one of the things that Year 6 pupils state has been the best of times at Lincewood has included the outdoor education. Job done? I think so.