Junior Award Scheme for Schools
In September 2015 Buckland Primary School set up a JASS club for our Year 6 children to undertake their Bronze award.
The JASS scheme was initially set up as a forerunner to the Duke of Edinburgh award. The JASS website says:
“Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is a progressive learning programme for young people which has been designed to recognise wider achievement. A key aim has been to meet the challenges of the transition from primary to secondary but in practice it can be used at either level as well as with wider age groups in Additional Support Need settings. The objectives of the JASS programme are aligned with the wider learning objectives of the Curriculum for Excellence, The Outdoor Challenge, and Key Stages 2 and 3 of the National Curriculum, making it easy to run alongside and incorporate existing curricular activities.
JASS develops the whole individual by offering recognition in four key areas – regular physical activity (Get Active, Stay Active), exploring a personal interest (My Interests), working for the good of the community or the environment (Me and My World) and completing an outdoor activity or challenge (Adventure) and is designed so that participants move from Bronze, to Silver and then to Gold with increasing levels of, commitment, learning, and challenge.”
The children at Buckland will be given the opportunity to complete the bronze section of the course during their time in year 6 and will be invited back in year 7 to complete their silver and then year 8 to attempt their gold. This course is aimed to lead into the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.
The children will not be able to complete all the challenges at the weekly meetings, the majority of challenges will be completed in the children’s own time. As an example the physical activity section could be completed through attending an after school club, whilst the adventure section could include PGL, expeditions, adventure activities or camps. We will be encouraging the children to generate their own ideas for activities.
For more information please visit the JASS website at http://www.jasschools.org.uk/