Outdoor Education

Nurture, inspire and challenge


At Holgate Meadows and Heritage Park, we utilise the great outdoors and local amenities to nurture, inspire and challenge our students.

Through the curriculum, we aim to enhance the quality of life for all students as they learn how to access and love the outdoors. In doing so we empower students in life after school, as they become confident individuals, responsible citizens and successful learners. Our curriculum will support students to develop effective emotional regulation strategies when is new situations and manage challenging social scenarios effectively.

End points

  • To be able to navigate and use a variety of public transport and transport systems successfully, independently and safely

  • To be effective in communicating, emotional regulation and social awareness

  • To have an understanding of local and national recreational activities and social opportunities.

Domains of Knowledge

  • Personal Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Health, Wellbeing and Safety
  • Outdoor Skills
  • Life Skills

Key Concepts

Propositional Knowledge Procedural  Knowledge
  • Emotional regulation/awareness
  • How to build positive relationships
  • Different roles and responsibilities within a team
  • Different forms of effective communication
  • How to interact appropriately with members of the public
  • Countryside code
  • How they can personally impact on the environment
  • Knowledge of surroundings
  • How to manage environmental risks
  • How to identify and manage personal safety risks
  • A variety of camping skills
  • Different environments and how to manage their surroundings
  • How to read a map
  • Interact safely with wildlife
  • Manage money
  • How to cook on a Trangia stove
  • How to plan a route
  • Work independently

  • Take on new challenges

  • Take responsibility for their actions

  • Manage emotional regulation

  • Develop positive relationships

  • Work as part of a team

  • Communicate effectively 

  • Interact with members of the public

  • Understand and adhere to the countryside code

  • Manage environmental risks

  • Identifying and managing personal safety

  • Use camping skills effectively 

  • Read a map to navigate in the countryside 

  • Interact appropriately with wildlife

  • Manage money on a budget 

  • Plan and cook simple meals 

  • Plan a safe route 

  • Access a variety of services/facilities 

  • Interact appropriately with others 

  • Use different modes of transport

 Progression map

ODE Progression Map