Not only are our missions always great fun, they're also designed to nurture the competences and lifeskills
our children will need most to lead sustainable lives:
creativity, resourcefulness and collaboration underpinned
by technology and a real understanding of the natural world.
The Hive concept
1. a wide range of DISCIPLINES COMING TOGETHER in THE OUTDOORS
Because children enjoy the outdoors in different ways, the missions we offer cover six broad areas of learning:
- Adventures and Stories
- Visual & Performing Arts
- Makers Lab
- Grow & Cook
- Science & Tech
2. AN EXCITING "gamified MISSION" FORMAT
Our programmes are stimulating for children because they are purposeful: there is a mystery to solve, magic spells to break, an art show to create, a restaurant to open, a base camp to protect... There is a sense of reality and urgency in the learning that occurs at The Hive. It is important: without it the mission can't succeed! All activities and challenges are threaded into the mission narrative, adding purpose, realism and excitement. Every mission is bespoke. Every day is unique.
3. THE DEVELOPMENT OF DIGITAL SKILLS
From tablets to nature cameras, recording technology to sharing and broadcasting apps, augmented reality, GPS technology, film and animation software, science and knowledge-based apps, we integrate Ed Tech into all our missions and introduce children to as many digital skills as we possibly can in an outdoor context.
4. collaboration with EXPERT professionals
At The Hive, children learn from practising professionals: artists, designers, teachers, film makers, cooks, actors, bushcraft experts, scientists, naturalists... each with a unique set of skills, interest in the outdoors and most importantly strong practice of collaborating with children. All our facilitators are recognised expert in their field, with supporting qualifications and experience. We do not employ "generalist camp staff".
5. a focus on lEARNING OUTCOMES
Our missions are designed to subtly nurture three of the most important skills children need to grow and flourish: creativity, resourcefulness and collaboration. We create experiences that empower children to dream up, solve problems and learn from one another. Each mission also comes with a set of specific learning outcomes, from geography through to science, literacy, drama, history, DT, biology and more.
6. an emphasis on environmental Sustainability
Throughout our programmes, we put a playful and subtle emphasis on sustainable values and behaviours. All of the above is designed to nurture environmental awareness, helping children invent creative solutions to environmental challenges.
ADVENTURES - We may be Agents, Time travellers, Spies, Treasure hunters, Detectives, Wizards. One thing is for sure: we cannot fail in our mission! There are Aliens to be rescued, Pirates to track, Witches to save, Stag Beetles and Bats who need our help, Eradicons to fight.... We'll have to overcome challenges, solve clues, learn new skills, make tools and contraptions, be clever with how we use our technology and maybe even survive in the wild!
WORKSHOPS - These missions are truly hands-on! Making potions like a herbalist, cooking like a wild chef, following in the steps of Katniss Everdeen learning to make bows and arrows, mixing coding and kite making or trying to survive in the outdoors bushcraft way, these adventures are not for the faint-hearted:) If you love a challenge, you'll have a ball!
PROJECTS - Can you imagine building your own Go Kart and racing it or designing and making a proper lair for you and your friends to chill in? Do you fancy having a go at story-boarding, shooting and editing a nature film with professionals? What about producing your own Art Trail Exhibition or enrolling in the SAS for a week? All this is possible at The Hive!
DELIVERED BY INSPIRATIONAL TEAMS
Because our experiences are so unique, we put great emphasis on staff training to ensure the quality and consistency of the missions is as strong as it can be. All our facilitation staff undergo a robust in-house training programme which combines four modules: safeguarding and Health & Safety / facilitation and mission delivery / storytelling and character / technology tools.
All our missions are highly structured and scripted to support the quality and consistency of our delivery. This helps ensure that children are engaged at all times.
SUPPORTED BY INDUSTRY BEST PRACTICE
We are members and adhere to the Code of Conduct of:
The Institute for Outdoor Learning
Committed to encouraging Outdoor Learning by developing quality, safety and opportunity to experience outdoor activity provision and by supporting and enhancing the good practice of those who work in the outdoors. IOL aims to promote high professional standards and to develop its members. Find out more at: http://www.outdoor-learning.org/
The Forest School Association
The Forest School Association is the professional body and UK wide voice for Forest School, promoting best practice, cohesion and 'quality Forest School for all'. FSA provides information and support to individuals and organisations setting up and running Forest School settings. Find out more at: http://www.forestschoolassociation.org/
The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
As the national voice for learning outside the classroom, CLOtC believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
Find out more at: http://www.lotc.org.uk/
THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION
The Association’s purpose is to promote all forms of environmental education, and to support all those involved in its delivery, so that together we can understand and act on the need to live more sustainably in order to protect the future of our planet.
Find out more at: http://naee.org.uk/