Outdoors Education at QEGS Junior School plays an important role in the school's philosophy of promoting boy friendly learning.
Sitting outside the traditional games based approach to physical education, activities such as mountain biking, kayaking and climbing allow all boys to push their boundaries, experience new activities and achieve success by overcoming challenges.
Building on the Forest School programme that the school runs from Centenary House to Year 4, the Outdoors Education programme in Years 5 and 6 not only develops the skills required to take part in each activity, but also a number of essential attributes which should be transferable to other areas of pupils schooling and wider life.
Traits nurtured through the Outdoors Education programme include independence, resilience, teamwork, responsibility and communication.
The extensive range of activities, which predominantly take place offsite at venues such as Pugneys, Dalby Forest and the Leeds Climbing Wall, includes kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, raft building, climbing, walking, abseiling, bouldering, orienteering, camping, mountain biking, survival skills and bush craft.
Residential Trips in both Years 5 and 6 build on the theme of Outdoors Education, with specialist activity trips to Wales and North Yorkshire. With many outdoor education opportunities on offer in the Senior School through the QEGS Enrichment and Development Programme (QED), boys are well placed to further extend their skills and experiences as they continue their QEGS journey.