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Educational Programme

Bringing the countryside to your classroom.


All our educational programmes are tailored to meet the individual needs of each school and year group that we visit.


Shepherds Walks will take full responsibility for planning and delivering the programme.

Please do contact us and we can discuss everything in more detail and show you some of the projects and activities we have done with schools.

With all our educational work we first meet with the school and discuss your requirements.

We are there to work alongside you to deliver a truly unique experience with every school we work in.

Nordic Walking

Over 2010 and 2011 Shepherds Walks has been teaching the Nordic Walking technique to well over 100 children per week.

We have two fully qualified Nordic walking instructors with great experience in working with schools to deliver a fun targeted programme. We have delivered it mainly in school time but also in afterschool clubs.

Option 1 – Taster session

A one hour taster session,  which is an introduction to Nordic Walking. Starting with the basics it gives both children and teachers alike a taste of Nordic Walking and what fun it can be.

Option 2 – Six weekly sessions

This, by a long way, is our most popular option. Two fully qualified instructors work with a maximum of 35 children (and teachers) in six 40 minute sessions over a six week block. All sessions take place outdoors, though session one can be indoors if the weather dictates. Sessions 1 – 4 take place in the playground area, sessions 5 – 6 take place on a school field or nearby grassed area.

Staff involved in Nordic Walking – Alison Marsh and Jane Monks

Both are fully qualified instructors, hold current first aid certificates (including babies and children) and are CRB checked.


Village trails

Over many years I, Jon Monks, the shepherd of Shepherds Walks, has created village trails over a number of sessions.

This is child led and the trails have never been the same. Working alongside the teachers the children first think about the community they live in and then over the weeks they research the area and alongside myself create a trail around the community they live in.

Staff involved – Jon Monks and Jane Monks

Both are fully qualified instructors, hold current first aid certificates (including babies and children) and are CRB checked.


Geo-trailing

Geo-trailing (a treasure hunt with GPS units) has proved hugely popular over the past few years.

We have not only delivered it in school time but also during afterschool classes and also for family fun days for customers such as The National Trust and Northumberland National Park.

I set up a Geo-trail either inside the school grounds or in the area that surrounds the school and tailor the questions in each of the ‘cache’ sites to the age of the children.

Each child (or group of children for larger groups) will use a GPS unit to locate the cache sites. Full tuition is given and the children really like using the GPS units which are provided.

This is totally adaptable to school and location. I have done 5 minute geo-trails in parks to 3 hour Geo-trails for rural schools.

Staff involved – Jon Monks

Fully qualified instructor, holds current first aid certificates (including babies and children) and is CRB checked.


Aims

Through both classroom lessons and activity outdoors we aim with children to -

• Enhance children's knowledge and skills across the curriculum.

• Develop a range of key skills such as literacy, communication, investigation, discussion and observation.

• Promote healthy living through walking and seeing walking as a means of exercise.

• Establish community links - by placing a copy of a school walk in the public domain and by establishing a regular monthly/bi monthly family walk.

• Promote Citizenship - by learning about our environment and the rules and regulations we need to follow in order to protect the countryside.

• Ensure that the children have fun whilst learning.


Structure

All our programmes are tailored to meet the individual needs of the school. Shepherd's Walks will take full responsibility for planning and delivering the programme.

In addition to working with individual classes, we will provide a whole school or’ Key Stage’ assembly, teaching children about the benefits of walking, the equipment used by regular walkers and how to stay safe whilst walking as well as promoting awareness of the countryside and the creatures within it.


Please do contact us and we can discuss things in more depth, show you work and feedback from schools we have worked in and hopefully plan something in your school.