Reflecting on Adventure in 2020

2 December 2020

Adventure at Windermere School is for Years 3 to 9. The following is aimed at Browhead students but those at Elleray are also welcome to partake.


We are nearing the end of 2020 and what a year, that being said, we have, pretty much, been able to keep to a programme. I’d like to congratulate you all on a number of skills we have seen in the last few months.


  • Adaptive is probably the one word that really comes to mind – I can’t remember how many times a programme has had to change, even at the last minute.
  • Resilience – this comes in many forms during our lessons. Dealing with the weather, changes of programme and procedures, learning new skills, pushing yourself outside of a comfort zone.
  • Confidence – learning to sail, orienteering, biking. During these activities we cannot hold your hand, you have to make individual or collaborative decisions.
  • Tenacity – When something doesn’t work do you give up or look for something different and try again until it works.


These skills all develop a mindset that allows growth. The realisation that if you fail it is not disastrous, but you need to keep trying. I’m not able to do something, yet!


Importantly these skills are not purely for Adventure – they are life skills that will stand you in good stead in the future. They are skills that are transferable to academic subjects at School.


As you look through this Adventure reflective questionnaire I would like you to think about what you have done since September in the Adventure lessons. Be reflective, and this is very much a personal decision, find a quiet place where you answer – forget the music. Please return this before you return in January. I will chase those who do not reply.


Have a fantastic Christmas break and we look forward to seeing you in the new year.


Mr Platt, Head of Outdoor Learning