Planning and cooking a meal is part of new Activity ‘passport’ for school children Photo by kazuend on Unsplash

‘Passport’ of activities launched to enrich children’s experiences and skills, backed by the Scouts, Girlguiding and National Trust

Primary school children will be challenged to go on a nature trail, visit a local landmark or make a treasure map through a new ‘passport’ of activities launched by the Education Secretary to encourage more family time and help build children’s character and resilience.

This has been endorsed by organisations including the Scouts, Girlguiding and the National Trust and the children’s charity Action for Children.

The list of activities is intended to support parents and schools in introducing children to a wide variety of experiences and fulfilling activities like flying a kite, learning something new about the local area or putting on a performance.

Activity ‘passport’ to inspire schoolchildren  Damian Hinds MP Image:Open Government Licence v3.0

Education Secretary Damian Hinds said:

“As the New Year approaches, we inevitably think about our resolutions for the year ahead – getting fit, spending more time with our families, or taking up a new hobby. Within this list of activities children may find something they want to come back to again and again, but I hope that, whatever they do, they will enjoy and learn from them.”

Education Secretary’s vision for every child to have the opportunity to enjoy new and varied experiences

The ‘My Activity Passport’ list is part of the Education Secretary’s vision for every child to have the opportunity to enjoy new and varied experiences, no matter their background.

It comprises of four key areas:

  1. Drive and tenacity
  2. Sticking at the task at hand
  3. Understanding how to work towards long term goals when reward might be a long way off in the future
  4. Being able to pick yourself up and bounce back from life’s challenges

The activities are designed to be accessible so that every child and family can get involved and include milestones for each primary school year group.

activity passport painting in classroom Photo by pan xiaozhen on Unsplash

Tasks that schools and families can set children include

  • Painting a self portrait
  • Posting a letter
  • Looking at the stars on a clear night
  • Playing a board game
  • Writing and performing a poem
  • Going hiking
  • Planning and cooking a meal
  • Interviewing someone

Among the list of activities will be opportunities for children to engage in social action that helps them make positive changes for themselves and others. Schools will also be able to adapt the list to meet the needs of its pupils and local communities.