In February, students from the BA Primary Education course and PGCE course at Oxford Brookes went to Kilvrough Manor Outdoor Education Centre on a residential university trip.
The aim of the trip was to build on student experiences of how learning outdoors can make a rich contribution to young people’s development. It also aimed to help the students understand their role as a teacher on residential trips, experience the challenges of an outdoor environment and develop their teacher identity, character and resilience.
Students who took part in the residential reported that the experience had a positive impact on them, not only as a person but also as a teacher. Speaking about the trip, one student commented: “I now feel I can push myself out of my comfort zone in the classroom” and another said “I learnt a lot about making children feel at ease and able to do things”.
Carolyn Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, Physical Education, Health and Well Being, who organised the residential, commented:
"What they (the students) learn about themselves by taking part in challenging activities can be carried forward to the challenges they face on school based training, as Newly Qualified Teachers and in personal situations. It engages their creativity as they appreciate how the outdoors can be used as a tool for learning across all subject areas."
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