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Rock Hopping

Learning outcomes

Most pupils will understand/develop:

  • The need for safe and sensible behaviour, responding to instructions
  • How to prepare for an outdoor activity
  • Listening skills, co-operation and trust; and understand that these are important and valuable in adventurous activities
  • The ability to help others
  • How gritstone was formed
  • Experience an adventurous activity in an upland moorland environment
  • The experience of success, a sense of achievement in responding to challenge

Some pupils will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience leadership and looking after the group
  • Make observations re land use and human impact
  • Understand land changes over time
  • Be able to give reasons for land changes (humans, vegetation, erosion)
  • Give examples of other types of sedimentary rock

Key words/phrases

Conservation, Dark Peak, Delta, Deposition, Determination, Encourage, Erosion, Friction and Forces, Gritstone, Habitat, Impermeable, Moorland, Mill Stones, National Park, Peat, Perseverance, Plateau, Quartz, Rock Types, Sedimentary, Teamwork, Trust, Valley.

Curriculum links


Identifying and solving problems as in outdoor activities; adapting to unfamiliar contexts; recognise hazards, control risks; determination to succeed


Interactions between people and their environments


Work in groups, different roles and responsibilities


Half day activity.


Higger Tor.


Rock hop (weaselling) on boulders surrounding the base of Higger Tor. Activity is always led by a fully qualified member of Hagg Farm staff.

Supporting materials

Rock Activity curriculum pack.

Health and safety

Includes teamwork and a spotting culture; care for, use and return of equipment in good state. Safety pack (with first aid kit, emergency shelter etc), mobile phone, technical equipment and any personal medication (inhalers etc). Risk assessment no. 22. Pupil ratio 1:12.

Activity session

  • Briefing to include aims of activity, what the activity involves, safety, location and environmental issues.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment issued.
  • Discussion of teamwork (e.g. spotting), involvement and leadership,
  • Warm up on plateau - exercises including scrambling, ‘hopping’ and spotting.
  • Groupings, roles and adult supervision established.
  • Completion of an appropriate rock hop circuit relevant to the needs of the group.
  • Opportunity to discuss i) environmental and conservation issues and human impact on the landscape; ii) the formation of gritstone, other sedimentaries, Burbage Valley; iii) rock type and erosion; iv) friction and forces (including gravity).


(at Hagg Farm if cold/wet)

  • Have learning outcomes, above, been met?
  • A range of reviewing techniques with students using writing, speaking skills and creativity to express feelings about activity, performance, involvement, teamwork.
  • Scientific, geographical and historical learning linking to curriculum, as above.
  • PE: new skills and learning; guidance re progressing climbing further.

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