A new downloadable “activity passport” aimed at encouraging school pupils to ditch their gadgets and pursue “new interests” has been launched by the education secretary says Schools Week.
The printable document, which allows pupils to tick when they’ve completed 140 prescribed activities such as searching for butterflies and taking part in a Roman banquet, is part of a drive to boost resilience in children.
Other activities listed include climbing trees, staying away from home for a night, baking a cake and learning to sew buttons onto clothes.
The list will be sent to schools in January, but is not mandatory.
Damian Hinds said the list was inspired by his visit this year to St Werburgh’s Primary School in Bristol, where every child is encouraged to take part in a list of tasks and experiences, with key achievements for each school year to tick off.
It is the second time in a week that the DfE has announced a new initiative inspired by the actions of a single school. On Thursday, the department announced Hinds’s desire to see all schools follow the lead of a school in Devon and go single-use-plastic-free by 2022.
There are 20 activities for each primary school year group, and they get more complicated as children progress through school. For example, reception pupils will be encouraged to visit a farm, fly a kite or dress up as a pirate, while year 6 pupils are urged to write a speech, learn how to access the news or visit a new city.