English and Adventure Sports Summer Camp is designed for children who would like to have a breakaway from screens and reconnect with the natural world. When children experience adventure and achieve things they would never thought they could at a young age, they become parts of them. They come away filled with confidence, enriched with newfound skills and get ready to face their future with adventurous spirits.
English and Adventure Sports Summer Camp is a perfect combination of English language learning with adventure activities. The program is action packed and challenging but very rewarding for any student looking for an English summer school with a difference.
The course syllabus incorporates 20 hours of English language study, language for life, project sessions, excursion link lessons and academic skills sessions. The language study lessons focus on the communicative style of language learning and provide grammar and vocabulary tailored to a student’s ability. Whereas language for life lessons integrate a wider range of topics including learner training, literacy, culture and life skills. Excursion link lessons bridge the gap between the academic and activity programme. Students learn about popular tourist attractions and destinations through the medium of English. The academic skills sessions give students an introduction to exam techniques and are intended to help students improve the skills of academic reading, writing, listening and speaking, which lead to a final assessment at the end of the course to provide students with a realistic determination of their English ability. All students will receive a certificate of recommended English level measured against the CEFR scale, which can be applied against other international English exams such as Cambridge ESOL & IELTS.
As well as a full English Language course taught by qualified EFL teachers, students will enjoy six incredible adventure sessions with the following eight adventurous activities:
The South Downs is an area of outstanding natural beauty, and students will be able to experience this first hand as they handle the terrain on their mountain bikes.
Kayaking & Raft Building
Students travel to Lake Ardingly to try out kayaking as well as building rafts as team using only barrels, wood and rope.
Riding a board on four wheels with pneumatic tires, mountain boards can handle a variety of different landscapes as well as ramps and jumps.
Horse Riding & Wall Climbing
For many it is their first time riding a horse, as students visit Plumpton’s highly rated stables before taking charge of their own horse and riding off. Afterwards, students go rock-climbing and a specially made climbing wall.
Sailing also at Lake Ardingly, and students are taught the basics of sailing before setting off into the lake to test themselves on the water.
Students learn how to survive a night camping in the English countryside, learning skills such as how to build a shelter, make a campfire and live in the wilderness.
All the adventure activities are taught by fully-qualified professional staff, and no experience is necessary to take part in any of the above fantastic adventure activities!
English and Adventure Sports Summer Camp consists of a well-balanced programme of English tuition, adventure sports, various activities, sports and excursions. The structured programme includes:
- 30 hours of English tuition
- 2 full-day excursions and 1 half-day trips per week
- 3 off-site adventure sessions per week
- End-of-course Assessment & Certificate
- Full afternoon and evening activity programme
- Maximum class size of 11 students
- Airport transfers (Heathrow & Gatwick airports between 10:00-20:00 GMT)
Outside language tuition, students will improve language skills through a broad range of sporting, cultural and entertaining activities, such as:
- Camp Fire
- Arts & Crafts
- Summer Fete
- Kite Making & Flying
- BBQ at the Beach
- Sports Tournaments
- The Cube
- Trash Fashion Show
- Scavenger Hunt
- Family Fortunes Quiz
- Climbing Wall
- Film Evenings
- Musical & Dance
- Table Tennis
- Talent Shows
- You Bet
Excursions are a vital part of the summer experience for international students to gain a cultural understanding of the UK alongside English language study. Students will have 2 fully day and 1 half day excursion and trips each week to experience the rich cultural heritage of Britain. The choices include:
- Buckingham Palace
- Houses of Parliament
- West End Musical
- Natural History Museum
- Hyde Park
- London Eye
- British Museum
- Southbank Walking Tour
- Camden Market
- Oxford Street
- Hever Castle
- Bognor Regis
- Thorpe Park
- Portsmouth & Spinnaker Tower
- Windsor Castle
- Eton College
- Brighton beach
- Leeds Castle
- Stratford Upon Avon
- Warwick Castle
- Canterbury Cathedral
- Ely/Ely Cathedral
- Chessington World of Adventure
The sample timetable below is a typical two-week English and Adventure Sports Summer Camp.
Students stay in the college bedrooms which are located on the ground and first floor of the main building, along with the classrooms and dining hall on the ground floor. All bedrooms are either single or twin rooms. Bathrooms are shared between 4-6 students. Girls and boys are accommodated separately. In each boarding house, there is a senior member of staff who looks after the students in the evenings and is on duty throughout the night.
Well balanced, nutritious three cooked meals are provided in the beautiful dining hall. Drinks and biscuits are available in the lesson breaks. Packed lunches are provided for excursions.
Indoor facilities include 5-a-side football, netball, badminton, cricket, basketball, volleyball, hockey and indoor tennis and a popular climbing wall. Outdoor facilities include a sports field, two tennis courts, football, rugby and cricket pitches. Horse riding stables including two indoor riding rings. Working farm with farm animals, and an animal care unit. 3 student computer rooms. Wi-Fi available throughout.
Laundry is done once a week. All bed linen is provided and is laundered once a week. Towels are not provided.
Plumpton College is located in the magnificent English countryside at the foot of the South Downs, and only 20 minutes away from the popular tourist resort of Brighton. The college has excellent facilities for horse riding and wall climbing, and with acres of forests and hills, and great access to water sports and adventure facilities in the local area, this marvellous outdoors area provides students with an excellent opportunity to undertake many exciting outdoor activities and sports.
The College has one of the largest agricultural estates of all Colleges in England, covering over 890 hectares of farmed land and woodland, which also includes ancient semi-natural woodlands, chalk downland, a network of small streams. Its proximity to the South Coast with its varied coastal habitats is also an advantage. The estate is managed for habitat conservation, agriculture, forestry, gamekeeping as well as general recreation. Setting in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the centre of the South Downs National Park, the Plumpton College offers a tranquil, safe, and state-of-the-art learning environment.
The College is an agricultural college during the academic year and as such it has an on-site working farm; an Animal Care Centre; stables including one of the best horse-riding schools in the country; beautiful grounds for outdoor activities; and a new Children’s Rural Education Centre opened by HRH The Princess Royal in 2008.
The College specialises in providing a wide variety of highly-respected, practical, land-based courses. In association with the University of Brighton, the college also offers degree courses, international students can study a work-focused degree course such as BSc Viticulture and Oenology – the only undergraduate degree in wine production delivered in English in Europe, or BSc Equine Sports Performance. Accommodation on campus is guaranteed for all international students.