Starting Your Adventure
Mental & Social Health
What's Your Everest?
There is no other program like
Steps 2 Summit for primary aged children.
Start your Adventure.
So, you've checked out all the media, read all the web pages and you're still not sure if Steps 2 Summit is right for your school. Well, maybe you just need a little bit more explanation about how Steps 2 Summit is implemented into your day to day life. After all, we all know how hard it can be to make changes in school (Maybe this could be your new ‘What's your Everest'?).
Steps 2 Summit implementation is split into three stages
STAGE 1 - PREPARE
It's simpler than you think to get the Steps 2 Summit program ready to launch. Once purchased, we'll send you a link to get all the required information that we need to build your school system and upload your pupil data.
Choose a leader
Generally, PE or PSHE leaders make great Steps 2 Summit leaders (we like to call them expedition leaders!). The main thing is that someone needs to be responsible for driving the activity, keeping the momentum, reviewing the data etc. Like an expedition, you can end up getting a little bit lost without a leader!
Mark a course
Next up you need to mark and measure a course. Ideally, you can mark out a couple of courses, maybe one that includes using the field in dry weather if you are lucky enough to have one. You'll also need to think about the logistics of when the course is going to be walked (i.e. lunchtimes, curriculum time etc.). Measure the distance of your course with a trundle wheel or GPS - You'll need the distance to be entered into your Steps 2 Summit system.
Train your staff
Once you've purchased the Steps 2 Summit system, we'll send you a handy user guide to help you navigate the system and a link to the new school video that you can watch to explain the program in more detail. Once you've got your log in and familiarised yourself with the simplicity of the program, then is the time to introduce other staff members to it. Don't worry - If you need us to do a training session for you, it can be arranged!
Train your Leaders
If you're looking to implement Steps 2 Summit at lunch or break time, you are going to need to train a group of leaders to use the scanner software and upload the data to your system. In a Primary or Junior school, this should be a mix of Year 5 and Year 6 children. In an Infant school, lunch time supervisors generally make the best helpers!
STAGE 2 - LAUNCH
Put up the launch display
Everything you need to display is available in the school resources section of the program. It's great if you can find a space that all the school will regularly see to keep the program at the forefront of people's minds. If you've purchased the classroom summiteer packs, these need to go up in every classroom too!
Deliver the launch assembly
The launch assembly is your way to deliver the project to the pupils in school. Again, everything you need for the assembly is available in the school resources section of the website. Ideally, you want to deliver the assembly as near as possible to when you plan to start the physical activity.
Once the assembly has been delivered, it's time to get active. Even if you have trained some young leaders, it's really useful to be involved in the activity yourself and iron out any teething issues with using the scanning software. Try and encourage teachers to complete the walks with their pupils too - The opportunities to engage and build relationships is incredible!
Teach the first curriculum lesson
Teaching the first curriculum lesson is really important as it introduces each class to the mountain they are climbing. The lesson is focussed on Geography and, specifically, the area of the world the class is exploring. This is really important as it starts to get those adventurous juices flowing!
Display the progress
Use the boards in classrooms to have your class mountain displayed as the children return from lunch. The visual display of progress acts as a real motivator to encourage children to complete more activity and push themselves past their friends on the mountain!
STAGE 3 - SUSTAIN
Deliver the summiteer and curriculum lessons
How you choose to teach the summiteer and curriculum lessons is up to you. Some schools choose to teach them weekly, others prefer to do half termly ‘mountain days'. The key is that the lessons are taught regularly to maintain the momentum of the program.
Teachers can easily review their class activity at the click of a button. They can see which children are, and are not, active and can use this data to target those children who are completing less activity than others. Subject leads can view whole school data and, where needed, can create intervention groups specifically to target those children who are considered inactive.
As children are rewarded with summiteer stickers, or pass each camp on their mountain as they progress towards the summit, ensure you celebrate their achievements! Each summiteer sticker is a reward for continually demonstrating one of the key character skills developed in the program - That is definitely something to celebrate!
Use the assemblies and displays
Each half term, a new display should be put up and the next assembly delivered. These continue to keep the momentum of the project alive and include important messages to shape the impact of the project. The display should be updated before the assembly is delivered as both relate to each other. As before, all the required resources can be found in your Steps 2 Summit account.
Improve your courses
Adding interest and wonder to your Steps 2 Summit course is proven to encourage more children to walk it. Some of the most successful schools have been really creative with their course design, including replica signs associated with the mountains, mountain facts that can be learnt along the way and even different ‘zones' that you walk through as you complete your journey. There could be lots of fake snow and penguins in the Vinson Massif section!
Every great adventure begins with a single step…
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