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  • The Outdoor Classroom A 21st Century Vision of Best Practice

    FREE2009Published by ESPEducation and Special Projects Ltd.

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    ESP Conference Dear Doctor

    Tackling ObesityPage 3

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    ESP and afPE share crucial core values related to the ideal that the interrelated notions of physical activity and play are key ingredients in the holistic development of children. Play is a fundamental need for all children and the quality of childrens play experiences is a major element in the quality of their lives. Physically active play is the first occurring and most frequent form of play in childhood and is a vehicle through which they learn social, intellectual and creative skills. There is a great deal of evidence supporting the role of schools and teachers in facilitating childrens play, particularly within playgrounds, through presenting and safeguarding safe and stimulating play environments which encourage social and also personalised development. ESP and afPE share the belief that communities of practice should offer every child a multitude of meaningful play and physical activity opportunities in order to establish the foundation for lifelong participation in physical activity and sport.

    Reported by Margaret Talbot, Chief Executive, afPE

    Shaping a Community of Practice A two day conference, incorporating a charity golf event, held at The Belfry Hotel. Guest speakers include Mark Foster, Andy Goram and Mark Hateley.

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    Dr. David Morley, Head of Education at ESP, answers all of your questions on Physical Activity.

    A discussion on the childhood obesity issue and the strategies in place to tackle it.

    A recent OFSTED report suggests that the outdoor classroom is an Aspect of Best Practice. Research has proven that outdoor education helps pupils to develop their physical skills in new and challenging situations and enables them to exercise important social skills such as teamwork and leadership. Story continues on page 2.

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  • It would be easy to believe that the typical care-free lifestyle of the 21st Century teenager is as far away as possible from the anxieties of the adult world we live in. However, this is simply not true. The World Health Organisation estimates that as many as one in five under 18s actually suffers from a mental health issue or behavioural problem, directly related to stress. A WHO spokeswoman said that the amount of children with such problems was like a ticking time-bomb, meaning that if nothing is done to combat the stress problem our children face then we could end up with a mental health pandemic on our hands.

    What causes our teenagers to be so stressed? Apart from coping with their bodies changing and dealing with the constant emphasis on personal image, it appears to be the persistent pressure of our modern education system which is stacking up the stress levels. The question we now face is: How do we combat the stress? Deputy Health Minister for Scotland, Lewis Macdonald, said that, Some practical measures teenagers can take to prevent these problems are exercising and allocating time for relaxation and leisure. Also spending time with people they are close to, talking to and listening to friends will all help young people to feel less stressed.

    Educational partner ESP have taken the stress issue back to the drawing board in order to develop a range of products and services which tackle stress through the use of physical activity at break times, lunchtimes and out of school hours. FREE:D is a new and exclusive concept aimed at Key Stages 3 and 4. It takes on a multi-dimensional approach to movement, giving students the opportunity to develop essential core skills in a dynamic expression of physical activity. It engages young people in a way that has never before been used in the school environment, encouraging a new style of freedom and creativity which has previously been compromised by the uninspiring landscape of the playground. Colne Valley High School in Huddersfield will be the first school in the World to pilot the scheme. Brenda Hilton, PDM for Pennine School Sport Partnership, is certain that FREE:D will have a huge impact on the children in the area.

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    Story continued from page 1.

    David Bell, Her Majestys Chief Inspector of Schools, said, Outdoor activities both at school and on residential courses enable pupils to enjoy challenging and unfamiliar experiences that test and develop their physical, social and personal skills. They can be among the most memorable experiences for pupils of their school days. The report shows that many schools already recognise the benefits of outdoor education but it also highlights that they must work even harder to ensure that every child gets the chance to experience the concept of the Outdoor Classroom.

    The report found that outdoor education thrives in schools where Head Teachers or individual enthusiasts provide leadership and a vision that promotes a well-balanced PE curriculum and daily outdoor experiences.

    The attitudes and behaviour of students during outdoor and adventure activities has been found to be good and often exemplary. However, in outdoor education lessons taught in schools, less experienced teachers tend to opt for activities offering lower levels of challenge which are well within the capacity of students. This is often due to limitations in accommodation and resources but can sometimes be attributed to teachers insecurities in subject knowledge, concerns about taking risks and a fear of litigation. David Bell comments on this matter that, The benefits of outdoor education are far too important to forfeit and far outweigh the risks of an accident occurring.

    If teachers follow recognised safety procedures and guidance they have nothing to fear from the law.

    ESP specialise in the design, installation and support of the outdoor resource. They pride themselves on working as an Educational Partner in schools, tailoring the best package possible to promote high quality, daily physical activity and offer an extension to the classroom. More and more schools are requesting new educational partners with the sole aim of developing their outdoor resources and creating a Positive Whole School Impact. The results have been astonishing.

    The impact our new playground has had is amazing. It gives the children the opportunity to be out in all weathers. The children enjoy their time outdoors so much that they dont want to go home. We dont know how we ever managed without it.Katie Hartley, Nursery Manager, Arnold School Kindergarten, Blackpool

    ESP have helped to make the difference in hundreds of schools throughout the UK. For your completely free playground design and quotation call (01282) 43 44 45, or email:

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  • Creating a Positive Whole School Impact at Oakbank

    ABCs or SOL? ABCs (Agility, Balance, Coordination) of movement are often used within Multi-skills sessions as a way of differentiating movement opportunities for children. Although easy to remember, ABCs are limited in the range of movements that come to mind when people are using the approach. For example, Balance is often thought of as the ability to hold a static position. At ESP we have found that SOL (Stability, Object Control and Locomotion) represents a greater and more diverse range of movements and configures to models more readily accepted around the world as developmentally appropriate for children and adolescents. What are Multi-skills? Many colleagues equate Multi-skills to ABCs and Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS) however, Multi-skills are developmentally appropriate forms of movement experiences that cover a range of stages of development. FMS is where movement development predominantly starts for school-aged children but of course childrens movement doesnt start there. Responsive, rudimentary and reflexive stages of motor development begin from the instance that a baby enters the world during the development of their survival instincts. What a lot of people tend to forget is that Multi-skills is based on ages and stages of development and therefore continues through adolescence and into adulthood. Once nurtured effectively, FMS can be developed further through the introduction of Specialised and Functional Movement skills that are found in a variety of movement situations, for example, within sports.

    Why are Multi-skills Important?

    Multi-skills form the bedrock of physical literacy and, as such, enable all children to participate effectively with their peers in physical activity and play experiences. Using a Multi-skills approach increases the number of children able to participate in physical activity and sport effectively and also acts as the foundation for those children who are interested in entering a sports talent development pathway.

    Gerry Sutcliffe, Minister for Sport, Supports the Outdoor Learning Environment

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