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What unit do we use to measure the children's activity?
You can choose to measure your data in steps, miles or kilometres. We recommend kilometres as this helps inspire children to do more than 1!
Once you have decided which unit you are going to use to measure distance, the next job is to mark out and measure a course for the children to walk. In the Steps 2 Summit system, you can input a number of different course distances and then simply select which one the children have walked. This is particularly helpful if you have a longer course on the school field in the summer months.
- Marking out your course in KM's will help motivate pupils to complete more than one lap - pushing them quicker to the summit!
Do we need to mark out a course?
Absolutely, the children need to know where they are walking and how far the distance is. You do not need to install a track, simply coning out an area or marking it another way is absolutely fine. Each course should have a start/end point where data is recorded after each lap is completed.
- Get your creative juices flowing when marking out your courses - some schools have added rivers, bridges and stepping-stones to increase the mountain trek feel! In the resources section of the expedition leaders account, there are numerous printable documents that can be used to mark your course. Every pupil, as a minimum, should then complete this each day.
What activity can be recorded?
That's up to you! You can add a number of ‘courses' into the Steps 2 Summit system – This could even be a sport/activity that when played, the participants are credited with a distance completed in their account. Additionally, the Steps 2 Summit system includes a number of Training Videos which, once completed by the class, credits them with a set distance up the mountain.
How do we record activity?
The Steps 2 Summit system includes tablet/phone data entry and whole class activity entry software as part of the program. This means that if you are planning to take children out walking in class groups, it is super simple to record data.
If your school uses the scanning software, the progress data for all pupils scanned is automatically added to their journey when the scanner is reconnected to a computer. This is a necessity if you want different classes to walk at the same time (such as during lunch and break times).
Once progress is uploaded, pupils can easily see their position on the mountain compared to their classmates. From this data, class progress summaries can be compared across the school.
Once a mountain is summited, a certificate of achievement can be downloaded for each child who has completed the challenge.
Who can track the activity?
If you are using Steps 2 Summit at lunchtimes, it is simple for lunchtime supervisors or even young leaders to track pupil progress by scanning each pupil as they complete a lap. If teachers take the class out to do their daily activity, or complete a Steps 2 Summit Training Video, they can add the whole classes progress to the Steps 2 Summit system in just a couple of clicks, or via the tablet/phone entry screen.
How can you prove the impact of Steps 2 Summit?
We have spent a great deal of time visiting schools that are using the Steps 2 Summit program. During this time, we have met with teachers, senior leaders, school governors and pupils to discuss the impact that the program has had on them. The feedback received has been incredible and, with participation data to back it up, we are super proud of the impact being made in all schools using the program.
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What does a Trek account give me?
The trek account is a free resource aimed at giving class teachers a simple way to improve and track their classes physical health. The trek account allows you to manually add activity for your class and track their progress and they aim to summit their mountain.
Assemblies, displays, Lesson plans, summiteer plans and the accompanying resources are not included with the Trek account.
Who can open a Trek account?
Any class teacher can register for a trek account to help their children get active. All Trek accounts must be opened with a verified school Email address. Unfortunately, only one email address from each school can open a trek account. If multiple classes in school want to take part in the journey, the school would need to purchase a school account.
Can I upgrade my Trek account to a school account without losing my data?
Absolutely, the trek account can be imported into a school account if required.
Where do we get the scanners from?
You can purchase scanner packs at the same time as ordering your Steps 2 Summit program. Alternatively, once you have purchased a School Steps 2 Summit package, scanner packs can be purchased directly from your School account page, as can lanyards and wallets.
Prices for the various packages can be seen on the right
How do we ensure Steps 2 Summit participation doesn't drop off?
The million-dollar question! Steps 2 Summit naturally encourages continued participation via it's tracking of pupil achievement. It's super addictive trying to get to the summit of your mountain!
Where Steps 2 Summit really comes alive though is through the lesson plans, assemblies and displays that help bring the project to life. Curriculum lessons, summiteer lessons and assemblies can all be found in the resources section of your school account. Display packs can be purchased from your School account page.
How can I use the accompanying curriculum lessons?
The curriculum lessons are designed to be flexible and could be used in a variety of ways. You do not have to use all of them:
You may choose to teach 1 lesson a week for the whole year.
The lessons could be used for PPA or supply cover.
You could use them as and when you feel the children might benefit from being re-engaged with the topic.
You could have a mountain day every term/half term and use a batch of them in one go.
What are summiteer skills?
From the outset, we wanted to support children in developing skills to help them to persevere, deal with failure, have high aspirations, be interested in the world around them and basically be a nice human being! In a number of ways, the Steps 2 Summit project was already doing all of this by itself, without even really trying. However, we felt that by adding some specific lessons and resources to the project, the development of these important skills would really come to life. Hence, the summiteer skills were born!
Now, those lessons and the accompanying assemblies and displays allow you to inspire a class full of 'persevering pioneers', 'curious climbers' and 'fearless adventurers'!
Why Steps 2 Summit?
Steps 2 Summit is the perfect system to get your pupils active and inspired in the great outdoors! The system comes with a launch assembly to get your children excited about taking part and has easy to use lesson plans designed by teachers, for teachers, accompany the programme.
Importantly, the Steps 2 Summit program focusses on developing 3 key areas: Physical health, mental health and social health. It gives children the opportunity to explore the world, be inspired, increase aspirations, develop resilience and increase their fitness levels.
Additionally, the Steps 2 Summit program helps to get families involved in their child's journey. Each parent has a unique log in to the school account to see their child's progress.
Can we purchase Steps 2 Summit as a one-off payment?
Yes, we can provide Steps 2 Summit to schools on a legacy programme, where once purchased the Steps 2 Summit system becomes yours forever. Please contact us for prices.
How can parents and families get involved?
Once a class expedition is started, a letter is generated to the parents of all the participants. This provides the parents with a unique access code to be able to log into the system to see the progress of their child. Additionally, parents and teachers can communicate through the Steps 2 Summit system, with teachers being able to add notes and pictures from the class's virtual expedition to share with the parents.
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