Adventure + Data = Answers!

Inspire your KS3 pupils with this lively perspective on mathematics. At PGL, learning maths is all about collecting data, applying theories and making the subject relevant and real. Using our ICT facilities, students collect data from some of their adventure activity sessions and employ mathematics to analyse and interpret it.

All students will benefit from this course regardless of ability. The more able will begin to see further potential in maths and its many practical applications, while for the less able, it’s their chance to see the subject taken off the page and brought right into their own world.

Study modules

Full Throttle
A quad biking session provides data, such as track length and lap times, ready for pupils to analyse and develop.

Tower Time
Students use trigonometry to analyse data from their abseiling session and produce an annotated presentation of the activity.

Heartbeat
A rope-based activity produces the opportunity to collect data which can then be turned into a presentation showing how pulse rates change during the activity.

Stock Take
Students prepare a proposal for a theoretical retail outlet using the PGL centre shop as a model and data source. Averages, charts and diagrams are employed to explain trends and patterns within the data.

Aero Noughts (Little Canada & Osmington Bay only)
Data from an aeroball session, such as shots and goals, provides material for analysis in terms of ratios and percentages.

Sports Report
Races and team games create contrasting data which students use to focus on percentage increase and decrease, fractions and ratios.

Marker Trail
Based on an orienteering session, students explore angles and distances in order to design a shortest route.

Route Master
Plotting a walking route, students use GPS units for checking time and distance and learn to use angles as a checking tool.

Activities

The PGL Adventure Bonus
Choose from our popular on-site adventure activities, such as zip wire, giant swing, trapeze, climbing and abseiling, to complement your study sessions and tailor-make your course to your requirements.

Select an activity for a full description

A typical itinerary for this course

Sample programme for a 5 day Maths course for students at KS3
  Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Breakfast
09.00-10.30   Zip Wire Aero Noughts - based on an Aeroball session (part 1) Trapeze Tower Time - based on an Abseiling session (part 1)
10.30-12.00   Archery Aero Noughts - based on an Aeroball session (part 2) High Ropes Course Tower Time - based on an Abseiling session (part 2)
Lunch
14.00-15.30   Heartbeat - based on a Giant Swing session (part 1) Quad Biking Marker Trail - based on an Orienteering session (part 1) Depart centre
15.30-17.00 Arrive for evening meal and unpack Heartbeat - based on a Giant Swing session (part 2) Challenge Course Marker Trail - based on an Orienteering session (part 2)  
Dinner
Evening Wacky Races Campfire Ambush Disco  

Learning outcomes

The units of study in our mathematics course relate to the teaching programmes designed to meet the objectives of your Key Stage 3 students.

Students are encouraged to develop and improve their mathematical skills while:

  • Deciding what data is relevant to an enquiry
  • Collecting small sets of data from surveys and by observation
  • Using a range of techniques, methods and resources
  • Comparing and evaluating solutions
  • Using symbols, diagrams and graphs
  • Explaining and justifying methods and conclusions
Barton Hall

Barton Hall

A great location near Torquay and popular with groups of all ages. There are many blue flag beaches close by and Dartmoor is also within easy reach.

Beam House

Beam House

Near Bideford in north Devon, the surf school at Westward Ho! is close by and there are plenty of land-based activities in the centre grounds.

Boreatton Park

Boreatton Park

There are over 250 acres for you and your students to enjoy, as well as some great accommodation options and excellent facilities.

Caythorpe Court

Caythorpe Court

A fantastic countryside setting boasting 65 acres of grounds, packed full of adventure activities for your students to try out.

Dalguise

Dalguise

Located just five miles north of Dunkeld, there’s plenty to explore in and around this stunning centre, set in the heart of the Scottish Highlands.

Hillcrest

Hillcrest

A cosy welcome awaits you at this former fishing lodge near the River Wye. The small size and homely atmosphere is perfect for younger students.

Liddington

Liddington

Minutes from the M4, near Swindon, the convenient location makes it one of our most popular centres. There are some great facilities too.

Little Canada

Little Canada

A fantastic choice for watersports lovers. Set on the banks of the beautiful Wootton Creek, we have private access to the water.

Llwyn Filly

Llwyn Filly

Close to the Welsh border town of Hay-on-Wye and situated on the edge of the stunning Brecon Beacons, giving immediate access to the mountains.

Marchants Hill

Marchants Hill

Conveniently close to London but in a countryside setting, there’s plenty of adventure in the wooded grounds and beyond for your students to discover.

Osmington Bay

Osmington Bay

There’s direct access to the beach, thrilling watersports on the sea at the nearby Portland Bay, as well as a range of exhilarating adventure activities.

Tregoyd House

Tregoyd House

Enjoy canoeing the picturesque River Wye at this beautiful centre in the heart of the Black Mountains. There’s so much to explore, see and do.

Windmill Hill

Windmill Hill

Located in the scenic Sussex Downs, close to the coast and not far from London, it’s a popular destination for secondary school groups.

Winmarleigh Hall

Winmarleigh Hall

A beautiful Victorian mansion house set within 50 acres of grounds. It’s a popular location in the north west of England, near the forest of Bowland.