Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Primary Teaching Students at Outdoor Education Centre in South Wales

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Kilvrough 2018

Students on the BA Primary Teacher Education course recently attended the Outdoors and Adventurous Activities residential days at Kivrough Manor Outdoor Education Centre on the Gower Peninsular in South Wales. The course builds upon previous experiences as to how learning outdoors can make a rich contribution to young people’s development and to help the students experience the outdoor environment and its’ unique challenges. The course develops teacher identity, character and resilience and to build an understanding of the role of a teacher when taking school children on a outdoor residential holiday.

Students reported that ‘Pushing myself to try new things was great!’ and that it was a ‘great time discovering more about myself and the benefits to young people academically, socially and emotionally’.

Carolyn Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education at Oxford Brookes commented that ‘In an era of considerable pressure for trainee teachers to reach high standards in the classroom these experiences give them an opportunity to appreciate how they can be effective across other areas of a young person’s education such as developing their social and emotional character and resilience; It engages their creativity as they appreciate how the outdoors can be used as a tool for learning across all subject areas.’

The next trip to Kilvrough Manor take place 11-13 February 2019, please contact Carolyn Murphy: cmurphy@brookes.ac.uk if you are interested in attending Kilvrough.