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Year 8

Outdoor Adventure Programme

Student have the chance to participate in 2 outdoor programmes from the following activities:

   Climbing
      Mountain biking
           Canoeing
        Dinghy Sailing

 

 

 

 

 

Students will work towards their Bronze or Silver award in both their chosen activities

Climbing

Year 8 students have the opportunity to participate in sessions at ‘Creation’, a purpose-built climbing centre, if they choose climbing as one of their two outdoor activity choices. These day sessions (consisting of approximately 5 hours) focus on further developing climbing skill sets and progression towards the Silver and Gold awards.

Mountain biking

Year 8 students have the opportunity to go mountain biking at Sandwell Valley Country Park. Exploring the park as a group, students are taught different core biking techniques such as: body position; balance and co-ordination. They then put these techniques into practice on different gradients, surfaces and obstacles. Once these skills are mastered, students move on to a purpose-built off-road trail course where they are taught how trails work, the associated rules and the skills required to complete set pieces within the course.

Canoeing

Year 8 students have the opportunity to go paddling at Bartley reservoir in the fleet of canoes owned by the school. In addition to undertaking activities that lead them towards achieving their Bronze award, students undertake a deep-water exercise. Using the specialised equipment provided this exercise is designed to increase their understanding of buoyancy aids and help increase their confidence in open water. Once completed, students have the opportunity to explore the reservoir as a group and practice the skills required to achieve their Bronze award. 

Sailing

Students have the opportunity to go dinghy sailing at Bartley Green Reservoir with the school’s own fleet of sailing boats. After achieving each level, students are awarded with a certificate to show recognition for the skills they have developed and provide a record of their personal achievements. In addition to undertaking activities that lead them towards achieving their awards, students also undertake deep-water exercises. Using the specialised equipment provided these exercises are designed to increase their understanding of essential deep-water management and help develop their confidence in open water. Once completed, students move onto capsize drills. These controlled activities are important for students to be able manage and take responsibility of the sailing boats in open water. 

Bikeability award (Level 3)

Bikeability is a scheme based on the government approved National Standards for cycling training. The aim of the programme is to gain practical cycling skills to give students the skills and confidence to cycle on today’s roads. Bikeability is much more than a cycle training programme. It delivers wide-ranging and long-lasting benefits to the students, their families and the community. Bikeability supports the culture, ethos and environment of a healthy school.

Bikeability is open to students in year 8, who had no previous experience of the Bikeability programme at primary school and have completed their Levels 1 and 2 in year 7.

  • Level 3 - Bikeability equips riders with the skill and confidence to ride in more challenging roads and traffic situations, such as busier streets, queuing traffic, complex junctions and roundabouts. It also includes planning routes for safe cycling.

 

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Residential Ski Trip

We go to the world-famous ski resort of the Three Valleys of Alpine Savoie in France. The Three Valleys comprises of Val Thorens, Meribel and Courchevel. It is the largest and highest ski resort in the Alps with snow assured pistes; a glacier at 12,000 feet and 300 snow canons to make artificial snow if it does not occur naturally. It is a superb ski resort for our students to visit. 

This trip will run in term time and will be open to year 8 students. All students are accepted onto this course in year 7, students will have the opportunity to learn to ski at the Tamworth Snowd ome before the trip to ensure they get the most from this amazing opportunity.   

We shall be flying from Birmingham Airport, our accommodation will be hotel based in the centre of Les Menuires near Val Thorens.  This accommodation is next door to the ski school, nursery slopes and ski lifts.

One of the advantages of skiing in term time is that the slopes will be less congested and safer.  This off-peak time also makes the course considerably less expensive. A school-based ski course in the Alps is an ideal residential opportunity for students to develop their independence and social skills away from the classroom whilst learning a new winter sport.