1.5 hours
KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4


Pioneering is the art of using ropes and wooden spars joined by lashings and knots to create structures such as water sluices, bridges and towers. Challenges include crossing a ravine, supplying water to your camp, or building a trebuchet to fend off invaders.

Session overview

After an initial safety briefing, participants will be given an in-depth introduction to the equipment they will be using during the session. Participants will then receive demonstration before moving on to the activity where they will be instructed throughout.

National curriculum

Subject links: Design and technology, English, History, PE, Physics, Science

English Speaking 1b 1d
English Listening 2a 2c 2e
Design & Technology Developing Planning & Communicating Ideas 1b 1c 1d 1e
Design & Technology Knowledge & Understanding of Materials & Components 4a
History Chronological Understanding 1a 1b
History Historical Enquiry 4b

Learning outcomes

This activity promotes Cooperative working, Effective communication, Managing risk, Problem solving and critical thinking.

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