Degree students have taken to the water to explore the concept of risk and challenge and how such experiences can benefit children.
FdA Early Childhood Studies students from Cornwall College Saltash looked at how having opportunities of managed risk within lessons can enhance children’s resilience and develop problem solving and social skills.
The students went kayaking at Mount Batten Activities Centre in Plymouth to experience for themselves the feeling of risk and challenge.
FdA Early Childhood Studies student, Rebecca Gravener, said personally she found the challenge “very rewarding”.
“I was very apprehensive at first about kayaking but it made me realise having the support of others makes anything possible; and this is critical to children’s learning too.
“I am really enjoying the course at Cornwall College Saltash and would recommend it to others; putting into practice what we are learning in the classroom is invaluable.”
FdA Early Childhood Studies Course Manager at Cornwall College Saltash, Tracy Gearon, said the students were “hesitant at first” about kayaking, but were surprised at how proud they felt after challenging themselves.
“It is important to move away from the classroom sometimes and experience themselves the theories being studied,” she added.