About Outdoor Ted
Outdoor Ted is a new resource suitable for introducing primary school children to learning in an outdoor environment.
Based at the Skylark Centre in Barlow, Nr Selby, North Yorkshire the area provides a haven for over 100 species of wildlife including kingfishers, badgers, roe deer and falcons just to name a few. The nature reserve is owned by Drax Power Station and demonstrates their commitment to preserve the natural habitat ensuring that it will be there to be enjoyed by future generations.
The Skylark Centre has a visitors centre, toilets, a small kitchen for making drinks, a small classroom area and coming soon an area for campfires.
Set in acres of woodland it is a perfect setting for introducing pupils to enjoying the outdoors.
COVID UPDATE: THE SKYLARK IS CLOSED TILL September 2021 HOWEVER ALL OUR ACTIVITIES CAN BE DELIVERED IN SCHOOLS.
All activities have been designed to improve children's team building and problem solving skills while having fun in a safe outdoor environment. Develop a broad range of skills, learning how to link them to make actions and link sequences of movement. Take part in outdoor and adventurous activity challenges both individually and within a team.
Here's a link to how OAA fits in to the National Curriculum http://documents.hants.gov.uk/education/OAAintheNationalCurriculum.pdf
There are various activities available from ice breakers, introduction to orienteering, shelter building, campfires, team building, nature detectives, nature arts and crafts, cross curricular links, topic based days such as The Stone Age and wildlife walks. It is hoped that over the coming year we will be adding more activities based on science, technology, engineering and maths.
We always work closely with our schools to ensure we can give their pupils not only a fun day but one framed with learning outside the classroom. The team here out Outdoor Ted are committed to growth this includes ourselves which means if you have something specific you would like us to include we will research it and come up with a great idea to deliver.
Although Icebreakers are classed as warm-ups they are in-fact an integral part of the day. They are used to set the mood, motivate, develop trust & inclusiveness and energise the group
Each ice-breaker can be used for between 5-10 mins and you can use as many as you want during your session.
We also have tried to keep these to minimal equipment so they can be repeated in school without having to purchase any equipment.
To view a sample ice-breaker activity please click on the picture of Outdoor Ted.
Full day activity at the Skylark Centre
Bring one class to the Skylark Centre.
A day at the Skylark starts at 9.30am and finishes at 2.30pm. After a brief introduction the pupils will then embark on a full day of activities. The activities can range from
*Bird Song Quizzes
*Orienteering - combined with a nature quiz
*Campfire session - including pupils learning how to make and start a fire
*Stone Age activities
*Make Bird Feeders
*Bee a worker Bee
.......and lots more
Please note that you should bring 1 adult per 10 children this is because sometimes we will be running four different activities at once.
Book for a free consultation with Stacey by clicking here.
During the consultation you will be able to choose the activities most suited for your school.
multi Class activity days
Schools are able to book Stacey to work with 4 different classes through out the day. You can choose any 4 classes from Reception to Year 6.
Each class will access Outdoor Ted for a full hour you can choose the activities for your class, it could be a campfire session, orienteering, story trail, nature art or team building.
Please book a free consultation with Stacey via the bookings page which you can access here. During the consultation you can choose which activities for which year group you would like the pupils to experience.
For example, Year 2 you may decide to split the class into 4 groups and choose 4 stations for them to experience, these stations will all contain a problem solving activity that will see each group build on their teamwork , self belief and determination skills.
For your Year 6 class you may decide to spend the whole hour working on an introduction to orienteering, starting with matching map symbols moving all the way up to netball court orienteering which also includes a little bit of maths work.
(Currently only available to schools in the Selby District, Goole District and York District as these are based at your own school)
We are completely flexible and are open to suggestions just let us know what you would like and we will plan your day.