Over the last two days Gulval School, Penzance, have hosted an Adventure Learning Training and Staff Development day for colleagues from Tywardreath School, Liskeard Hillfort Primary School and Altarnun Primary School. Alongside Cornwall Outdoors, staff from Gulval School put on various workshops and activities to inspire and test.
Principals, teachers and teaching assistants all rolled their sleeves up and got stuck in, as they developed new skills, overcame fears, stepped outside of their comfort zone, banked a wealth of knowledge and exciting new ideas, made friends, shared resources and, as a result, have planned even more exciting learning opportunities for pupils.
Andy Barclay at Cornwall Outdoors said “Everyone was fantastic, determined, committed and always ready and willing to have a go! Lucky children.”
Organiser and Principal of Gulval School, Paul Baker said “Thanks to Commando Joe’s and Cornwall Outdoors for leading exciting workshops and sharing your wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise with us all. Our journey towards excellence continues!”
Claire McColville, Principal of Tywardreath School, had to say “It was one of the best training days I’ve ever been on, it was both inspiring and invigorating. Cornwall Outdoors were just full of fantastic ideas and eyes were opened to endless possibilities as to how we can further enrich our curriculum. Having the opportunity to work with our colleagues from other schools within ALAT was tremendous.”
Katie Dalton, Principal of Altarnun Primary School said, “Staff spent an exciting two days of joint Outdoor Learning INSET training and are keen to bring back many of these new skills into school, so we can all set off on our journey of adventurous learning together. Already, Altarnun staff have mapped out a short-term, medium-term and long-term plan for this and this began with an outdoor session on the heart and its circulatory system for Class 3, with children playing key roles and passing cones around to represent blood. This was followed up in class later, as they explored a real pigs’ heart first hand.”
Adventure Learning Academy Trust (ALAT) firmly believe that learning through adventure has a proven track record in developing those personal qualities – independence, problem-solving ability, discipline, working within a team and confidence – which are in demand in the modern workplace and underpin successful social development. Learning through adventure provides a reliable means for developing a distinctive school ethos, supportive of personal development, the achieving of high standards and encouraging student and parental choice.