Outdoor Education at Pendarren House is the ideal place to get your students to fully participate in the outdoor and adventurous activities part of the National Curriculum as detailed below:
GCSE, AS AND A2
Pendarren offers courses which cover the syllabus requirements for a variety of PE modules including hillwalking, kayaking, canoeing, orienteering and rock climbing. The syllabus is covered with a mixture of theory and practical sessions culminating in an assessment. If required video can be taken to provide evidence. Your course will be run by experienced staff with a huge passion for the great outdoors who will work in conjunction with your teachers to allow the course to be fully integrated with your own schemes of work.
In our experience the standard required at each level varies between the various syllabi and between subjects so you may prefer to discuss the options with Pendarren House.
The new GCSE PE specifications being taught from September 2016 have restricted the number of individual activities available for students at Pendarren House during a 5 day residential course. This is partly due to a change in the standard required; for some activities students would need to be regularly practicing e.g. with a club in order to achieve a good grade (AQA Canoeing and kayaking). The activities available for teaching and assessment are canoeing, kayaking or rock climbing. Only one individual activity will be able to be taught and assessed during a 5 day course and the options are:
The options are as follows:
Eduqas, WJEC (assessment in England)
AS and A2 level
The hill walking module can be completed using a combination of school and Pendarren, with the planning and expedition carried out at Pendarren House Outdoor Education Centre. We take groups into the hills of the Brecon Beacons in order to deliver the A Level Hill Walking syllabus. Whilst with us your students will learn how to navigate, map read, lead groups in the hills, pace, walk on a bearing, use a compass and all the other aspects of a hill walking. It’s a great week with lots of fun albeit with a serious side to the course, that being to get the best possible practical marks.
AS Hillwalking- example of timetable:
|AM||Travel to Pendarren||Mountain walk / Scramble / Safety||Expedition||Mountain walk Expedition assessment||Clean and hand in kit|
|Evening||Camp craft, safety talk, Mountain weather and hazards||Route planning||Logbooks|
A2 Hillwalking- example of timetable
|AM||Travel to Pendarren||Expedition||Final day assessment from campsite||Clean and hand in kit|