Raft Building

Locations

Year Groups

  • Primary School
  • Secondary School
  • Post 16

Duration

  • Half Day
  • Full Day

Difficulty

Adapted to the age and level of experience of students on adventure.

Min Group Size

12 People

float your boat

Turn a pile of barrels, poles and ropes into a sea-worthy craft and find out of you will sink or survive!  Building a raft from scratch will take cooperation, teamwork, a sense of adventure, and the willingness to face the consequences when it comes time to get on the water.

From design the raft to building, tying knots and figuring out strategies to compete in races and games that will put their vessel to the test, students will learn that success relies on everyone in the team playing their part.

What’s Included

Students are provided with the following equipment as and when appropriate.

All specialist equipment

Raft building equipment, paddles, watersports helmet and buoyancy aid.

All specialist clothing

Waterproofs and wetsuits when required. 

Transport

Once at the centre, all transport to and from adventure activities is provided.

Experienced, full-time, outdoor teachers and tutors

Each group of 12 students is led by a fully qualified and experienced outdoor tutor.

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curriculum links

Not only does raft building give many opportunities to build social skills but it can help with the curriculum by improving individuals water safety, understanding all the considerations needed when designing as well as opportunities to present to an audience.

Key Stage 2

Design and technology

Design. Make. Evaluate.

Students will be engaged in the design and creation of a raft. Consideration will be given to transporting crew members, practicalities of paddling the raft, the hydrodynamics of the raft in the water, as well as safety aspects.  Students can then review and may adapt their raft to improve its performance.

Physical education

Students will learn all about the risks and dangers that are present in the environment around them.  They will learn to assess and manage the risk, and taught how to keep themselves safe.

Key Stage 3

Design and technology

Students will be engaged in the design and creation of a raft. Consideration will be given to transporting crew members, the practicalities of paddling the raft, the hydrodynamics of the raft in the water, as well as safety aspects.  Students can then review and may adapt their raft to improve its performance.

English: Presentation and arguments

After designing and building their raft, students can present it to the group giving details of its features. A persuasive argument can then be developed to champion their design and build.

Key Stage 4

Design and technology

Students will be engaged in the design and creation of a raft. Consideration will be given to transporting crew members, the practicalities of paddling the raft, the hydrodynamics of the raft in the water, as well as safety aspects.  Students can then review and may adapt their raft to improve its performance.

LOCATIONS: Offered at both Bewerley Park and East Barnby

YEAR GROUPS: Suitable for Primary School, Secondary School, and post 16 students

DURATION: Available as a full or half day activity

DIFFICULTY: Adapted to the age and level of experience of students on adventure

MIN GROUP SIZE: 12 Students

float your boat

Turn a pile of barrels, poles and ropes into a sea-worthy craft and find out of you will sink or survive!  Building a raft from scratch will take cooperation, teamwork, a sense of adventure, and the willingness to face the consequences when it comes time to get on the water.

From design the raft to building, tying knots and figuring out strategies to compete in races and games that will put their vessel to the test, students will learn that success relies on everyone in the team playing their part.

What’s Included?

All specialist equipment

All sporting equipment and adventure specific helmets and harnesses.

All specialist clothing

Waterproofs, wellies and wetsuits, when required. Ideally students should bring their own wellies, but we have plenty on hand to lend.

Transport

Once at the centre, all transport to and from adventure activities is provided.

Experienced, full-time, outdoor teachers and tutors

Each group of 12 students is led by a fully qualified and experienced outdoor tutor.

classroom benefits

curriculum links

 

Not only does raft building give many opportunities to build social skills but it can help with the curriculum by improving individuals water safety, understanding all the considerations needed when designing as well as opportunities to present to an audience.

Key Stage 2

Design and technology

Design. Make. Evaluate.

Students will be engaged in the design and creation of a raft. Consideration will be given to transporting crew members, practicalities of paddling the raft, the hydrodynamics of the raft in the water, as well as safety aspects.  Students can then review and may adapt their raft to improve its performance.

Physical Education

Students will learn all about the risks and dangers that are present in the environment around them.  They will learn to assess and manage the risk and taught how to keep themselves safe.

Key Stage 3

Design and technology

Students will be engaged in the design and creation of a raft. Consideration will be given to transporting crew members, practicalities of paddling the raft, the hydrodynamics of the raft in the water, as well as safety aspects.  Students can then review and may adapt their raft to improve its performance.

English: Presentation and auguments

After designing and building their raft, students can present it to the group giving details of its features. A persuasive argument can then be developed to champion their design and build.

Key Stage 4

Design and Technology

Students will be engaged in the design and creation of a raft. Consideration will be given to transporting crew members, practicalities of paddling the raft, the hydrodynamics of the raft in the water, as well as safety aspects.  Students can then review and may adapt their raft to improve its performance.