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Mission Impossible / Zipwire

Learning outcomes

Most pupils will understand/be able to:

The need for safe and sensible behaviour, responding to instructions
How to prepare for an outdoor activity
Listening skills, co-operation and trust
Experience success, a sense of achievement in responding to challenge
Observational skills
Maths skills

Some pupils will have the opportunity to:

Be able to prepare themselves, adjust equipment and help others
Relate map to ground
Show leadership

Key words/phrases

Harness, encourage, formula, communication, teamwork

Curriculum links


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


Real life examples


Work in groups, different roles and responsibilities


Half day activity or shorter session if required.


Hagg Farm zipwire


Structured session on the zipwire. Activity is always led by a fully qualified member of Hagg Farm staff.

Supporting materials

Mission impossible brief and resources.

Health and safety

Appropriate clothing and footwear required. Care for, use and return of equipment in good state. Safety pack (with first aid kit, emergency shelter etc), technical equipment and any personal medication (inhalers etc). Risk assessment no.31. Pupil ratio 1:12. AALA licensed.

Activity session

  • Briefing to include aims of activity, what the activity involves, groupings, roles (e.g. pull back rope) and adult supervision.
  • Appropriate personal protective equipment issued and demonstrated.
  • Discussion of teamwork, (esp. in relation to collecting maths clues).
  • Appropriate activities, dependent on time, weather and the needs of the group.
  • Ideal opportunity to develop observational skills.
  • Students have opportunity to control their own descent on an abseil device.


(at Hagg Farm if cold/wet)

  • Have learning outcomes been met?
  • A range of reviewing techniques with students using writing, speaking skills and creativity to express feelings about activity, performance, involvement, teamwork.