Swattenden Centre

Activities

1 ½ hr full session

Target sport, we use point of aim archery shooting onto a target at 15 yards


Learning Outcome

Gaining a new personal skill

Links into history

Physical activity

Team and individual games

Reviewing the session

High Ropes activity: getting the group into safety equipment, climbing a ladder then making their way across battering rams using the wires and ropes to support themselves


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

1 ½ hr full session (two groups at a time)

Erecting a makeshift shelter in the woods using natural materials from the woodland floor


Learning Outcome

Learning new skills

Environmental awareness

Helping others and teamwork

Fun physical activity

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

1 ½ hr full session (two groups rotating or one group doing both activities in session time). Can include Island Hopping below

Two activities during the session.

Bridges: Indiana and Postman’s walk with stepping stones

Swing: using a giant swing to get from one island to another


Learning Outcome

Individuals’ self confidence

Learning new skills

Helping others and teamwork

Fun physical activities

Personal /group safety

Reviewing the sessions

2 x 10m straight walls with varied hand and foot holds; multiple set routes for participants to progress throughout the session.

Want to experience climbing “on the rocks”? Why not book a day’s climbing at Harrisons Rocks during your stay? We can provide transport and instruction for groups on a full or half day experience via our site at Bewl Water.


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

3 x 6m climbs for the less confident group, or groups with special educational needs. The wall is set at a slight gradient to aid participants who need assistance with stability and balance. Ideal for young groups or groups with some mobility restrictions.


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

1 ½ hr full session (two groups rotating or one group doing both activities in session time)

Build and work a crane to move objects


Learning Outcome

Teamwork

Communication skills

Balance/physical movement

Problem solving

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

High Ropes activity: getting the group into safety equipment, climbing ladder making their way across a bridge using two ropes which crossover like an x.


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

1 ½ hr full session (two groups rotating or one group doing both activities in session time)

Teams have to make their way through a rope course (like a spiders’ web) using a variety of equipment

Plus photo safari: finding locations around the site


Learning Outcome

Learning new skills

Links into geography

Physical activity

Team and individual games

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

(Because we use rear attachment harnesses, there are age and height restrictions with this activity)

High Ropes activity: getting the group into safety equipment, climbing up the pole using the blocks, standing up to 4 people on the platform. The group then lean out using each other to balance, and drop off the pole backwards


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

½ hr session

Both balance and teamwork activities using various pieces of wood to get around a course without touching the floor


Learning Outcome

Teamwork

Communication skills

Balance and physical movement

Problem solving

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

High Ropes activity: getting the group into safety equipment, the group must work as team to get their team up each ‘rung’ of the ladder. The gaps between the ‘rungs’ increase as you ascend


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

(Because we use rear attachment harnesses there are age and height restrictions with this activity)

High Ropes activity: getting the group into safety equipment, a group member climbs the pole, stands on the platform at the top, counts down when ready and leaps for the buoy


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

1 ½ hr full session (two groups rotating or one group doing both activities in session time)

Two team building activities that involve all team members working together to move along a course


Learning outcome

Teamwork

Communication skills

Balance and physical movement

Problem solving

Personal/ group safety

Reviewing the session

1 ½ hr full session (two groups at a time)

Low level confidence course, balancing, going under, over and through various obstacles, timed in teams/races


Learning Outcome

Individuals’ self confidence

Learning new skills

Helping others and teamwork

Fun physical activity

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

1 ½ hr full session

We have a number of mountain bikes for an on-site session biking around the centre grounds

Want to get out on the trail? ½ day and full day Mountain biking days can be arranged. Why not take on the round Bewl challenge? We can provide lunch and refreshments at the half way point if you’re on an all-inclusive break. For older more experienced riders we can arrange a day on the trails at Bedgebury Forest where you can really test your skills to the max.


Learning outcome

New personal skills

Physical activity

Understanding movement

1 ½ hr full session (two groups at a time)

Working in pairs, one person is blindfolded and the other has to guide them verbally around a rope course in the woods. Other blindfold activities may be added if time allows


Learning Outcome

Individuals’ self confidence

Communication skills

Environmental awareness

Helping others and teamwork

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

1 ½ hr full session (two groups at a time)

Using maps of the centre to go out and find set markers at various locations using a variety of orienteering methods


Learning Outcome

Learning new skills

Links into geography

Physical activity

Team and individual games

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

Using designated areas of the Swattenden Centre grounds to look at various animals and plants on site.

SSSI site
Meadows
New/old woodland
Ponds
Streams
Hedgerows

Make the most of the environment at Swattenden; take the opportunity to do some curriculum work using the natural environment. Speak to us about providing school-led study time during your programme. Half a day outdoors can be worth a week in the classroom.


Learning Outcome

Learning new skills

Environmental awareness

Fine and gross motor skills

Handling animals

Science projects

1 ½ hr full session

High Ropes activity: getting the group into safety equipment, climbing a ladder and making their way across a bridge with one rope for feet and one for hands


Learning Outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

1 ½ hr full session (two groups at a time)

Various problem solving activities, puzzles and games involving the group working together to solve the tasks in hand


Learning Outcome

Teamwork

Communication skills

Physical movement

Problem solving

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

1 ½ hr full session (two groups at a time)

Group will make a raft using barrels, wooden board or staves and ropes, then one at a time use the raft to get the team across the pond


Learning Outcome

Teamwork in making the raft

Confidence on water

New skills (knots)

Problem solving

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

Whole group

If teachers want to slow the pace during a session, we have a scavenger hunt activity for them to use


Learning Outcome

Teamwork

Communication skills

Balance/physical movement

Problem solving

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the session

1 ½ hr full session (two groups at a time)

A trail set around the main field that involves team building and problem solving challenges


Learning Outcome

Learning new skills

Helping others and teamwork

Fun physical activities

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the sessions

High Ropes activity, getting the group into safety equipment, climbing a ladder, then making their way across a bridge with one rope for their feet and vine ropes for their hands


Learning outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the task

1 ½ hr full session (two groups rotating or one group doing both activities in session time)

Two activities during the session. Low level climbing wall plus the Swattenden triangle: a series of bridges set in a triangular course


Learning Outcome

Individuals’ self confidence

Learning new skills

Helping others and teamwork

Fun physical activities

Personal/group safety

Reviewing the sessions

1 ½ hr full session Lower- H 4.5m, L 65m Higher-H 8m, L 85m

Getting the group into safety equipment, then climbing a ladder into the tree and going down an aerial runway


Learning Outcome

Individual gaining confidence/overcoming fears

Teamwork during session

Personal/group safety

Fun activity

Reviewing the task