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Swap screens for nature

‘With half of their time spent at screens, the next generation will be poorly equipped to defend the natural world from harm’. The Guardian states the above in a recent article entitled ‘If children lose contact with nature they won’t fight for it.’

Shockingly, 11 - 15year olds in Britain now spend, on average, half their waking day in front of a screen. With this statistic in mind, The Guardian quite rightly question who will look after the living planet. ‘The young people we might have expected to lead the defence of nature have less and less to do with it.’

 Now whilst we completely agree there are huge benefits for children in improved technology, we can’t shy away from these dramatic stats that children are spending a large proportion of their time in-front of a screen. The article quite rightly expresses their concern that without children enjoying their time outdoors in nature, there will be no-one wanting to fight for it.

"Without a feel for the texture and function of the natural world, without an intensity of engagement almost impossible in the absence of early experience, people will not devote their lives to its protection." Guardian Article, 19th November 

At COGO Travel we focus a large number of our residentials around outdoor learning, and promoting learning outside the classroom. Through this change in scenery, we notice positive learning outcomes such as improved concentration, increased creativity and developed communication skills amongst pupils.

“Studies in several nations show that children's games are more creative in green places than in concrete playgrounds. Natural spaces encourage fantasy and roleplay, reasoning and observation. The social standing of children there depends less on physical dominance, more on inventiveness and language skills.”
Guardian Article, 19th November.

Partnering with the YHA we are able to provide accommodation in ideal locations surrounded by facilities perfect for achieving learning outside the classroom. Whether you want to maintain a curriculum focus to your residentials, or to purely develop soft skills, COGO Travel are able to tailor-make your ideal primary school residential to suit your desired learning outcomes.

One of our most popular school trips is based at the South Downs in Sussex. Located in the heart of the rural National Park, accommodation is in a refurbished farmhouse, offering an ideal base for an adventurous outdoor residential. Surrounded by endless things to do, pupils are kept entertained and enthused with outdoor activities including orienteering, den building, archery and team challenges. Trips are hand crafted by our team, and timetables can include optional watersports, mountain biking and abseiling.

All of the organised activities are not only fun, but are also aimed to help develop important life skills such as teamwork, communication, cooperation – all of which not only benefit children in the classroom, but also at home and in future years. (Missed our recent blog post on the benefits of a residential? Read it HERE)

For more information on school trips around the UK and our range of outdoor residentials, head to the COGO website, or get in touch for friendly advice.