Renfrewshire Council

Pupils at Bargarran Primary School learning archery with their instructors, young people from the Kintyre Base.

Archery leadership award builds resilience and positive self-esteem

Supporting health and wellbeing of young people who attend the Kintyre Base.

Outdoor education has an important role in supporting the health and wellbeing of young people who attend the Kintyre Base. Not only does it increase their fitness and their access to the outdoors, but it also builds resilience and promotes positive self-esteem.

Last term, our young people took part in an activity that allowed them to work towards a Leadership Award by showcasing the skills they had learned in archery. As most of the group had some experience of archery, Scott, our instructor, thought it would be best for our young people to coach primary school children.

In our first lesson, we reminded ourselves how to practice archery safely, and then we discussed how to teach primary school children on holding the bow correctly, how they should position themselves, how to load an arrow into a bow, and how to shoot and aim for the target. We also practiced teaching the lesson with each other as instructors.

In the following week, we practiced the whole session again and then went on to learn how to teach games that the primary school pupils could play to learn archery. These games included a simple team points game and archery breakfast with every different colour representing a breakfast food item.

Finally, on Wednesday 13 November, we visited Bargarran Primary School in Erskine and taught pupils in primary four how to do archery across two sessions. Every young person had a part to play whether it was to demonstrate how to shoot the arrow or to explain the rules. Our young people did brilliantly well and coached the children excellently, boosting the primary school pupils' confidence and their own.  

 

Louise Sinclair

Principal Teacher, Flexible Learning - Kintyre Base


Published on Friday 7 February 2020.

Pictured: Pupils at Bargarran Primary School learning archery with their instructors, young people from the Kintyre Base.