Curriculum Support
Sailing Across the Curriculum is a practical handbook for teachers, centre leaders, club leaders and all interested adults produced by the NSSA with support from the British Marine Industries Federation in 1998. Thanks to our friends at http://aptart-design.co.uk/ we have been able to reproduce the document as a series of pdf files which you can download here:-
 
 

Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 1
The Contents, Foreward and Introduction by author Alan Craig 

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 2 - Why Sail 
Covers the benefits of the sport to individuals and how it can be used to deliver the school curriculum

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 3 - Safety
Covers the various roles involved introduces risk assessments etc. Capsize, Man Overboard,Hypothermia & other risks. 

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 4 - Getting Started
Covers how to make the activity fun with various games suggested for heavy and light weather. Also how to plan a residential

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 5 - Primary
Approaches the subject for primary years. Curriculum planning related to a camp as a focus for cross curricular learning.

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 6 - Secondary
Approaches the subject from a Secondary view. Probably quite dated due to changes in the National Curriculum 

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 7 - Special
How the activity can be used with special needs students. Includes activity sheets and logs.

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 8 - Clubs
Discusses how to link with Sailing Clubs and Centres - with examples of how to attract schools to your club.

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Sailing Across the Curriculum

Part 9 - Resources
A list of resources which were available in 1998. Many will have updated their offerings 

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Other documents that have been produced over the years and which you might find useful:-

 

 

Curriculum Papers
Prepared in the 1970's these are somewhat dated but could give valuable lesson ideas.

See Table below

 

Learning Outside the Classroom
We believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances


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Standards for Local Education Authorities
HASPEV sets out principles of good practice, leaving it to teachers‟ professional and  local judgement how to apply those principles. The supplement has been prepared at the request of teachers and others for more specific guidance

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Gender Equality in Sailing

As part of her studies and with the support of the NSSA, Ellie Gaddes looked at gender, identity and participation in sailing. Some of the research was conducted at the 2011 NSSA regatta. She has generously allowed us to reproduce a summary of that research and her full academic dissertation for those who are interested. We would encourage members to consider how they can encourage gender equality in their programmes.

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Why Sail (1994)

Very dated in parts but the personal experiences remain valid, as do the examples of where sailing can contribute to the curriculum.

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In 1990 the NSSA produced a series of 10 wordsearches. Whilst there are now on-line wordearch producing programmes and apps, these could still be of use, so have been converted into pdf files for ease of use.
Each Wordsearch has a topic as follows:-

 01  Parts of the Boat  02  Parts of the Sail
 03  Ropes and Knots  04  Points of Sailing
 05  Classes of Boat  06  Lookout
 07  Weather and Tides  08  Prepared to Sail
 09  I Spy  10  Disaster at Sea

 
NSSA Curriculum Papers
 Paper No  Title     Author
 CP1  Boats and the Water in Education  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  A review of the aims and possibilities of maitime work in schools
 CP2  Meteorology in Secondary Schools
 W.J.H. Earle, HMI Rtd
 Online  Covers observation and recording of pressure, winds, temperature and humidity; simple instruments to make; forecasting and trye wiund sayings
 CP3
 CP3a
 Sailing on "Table " Bay & An Alternaitive Idea
 & Diced Boats - A Game
 B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd & 
 W. B. Keeble, NSC
 Online
A Game
 Two suggestions for indoor yacht racing games, complete with rules. Plenty of ideas to incorporate in your own version, or use as shown (Secondary)
 CP4  The Magnetic Compass  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
   Construction details, and many drarings, for a working compass, plus information on errors; deviation and variation; swinging the compass. (Secondary)
 CP5  Rule Britannia  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  Mainly mathematical wave treatment, with excellent simple model to show tidal "twelths" rule (Secondary)
 CP6  Plumbing the Depths  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  How to make a lead-line, with official metric marks; a construction project. (see also paper 12)
 CP7  Time and Tide  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  Details for a do-it-yourself tide time predictor plus an explanation of the origin of tides (Secondary)
 CP8  The Celestial Classroom  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  An extensive project to mark star positions on walls and ceiling; viable with both Junior and Secondary pupils; confidence needed to tackle this one though.
 CP9  Night Time  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  How to make a star-dial; useful if your digital battery fails at sea, if the stars are visible. Worth doing just to see that it works.
 CP10  Rock 'n Roll  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  Investigations into hull stability, using models or dinghies; the effects of crew positions and ballast. Details of graphical work are included, but the project could be tackled at a simpler level.
 CP11  The Timely Art of Dialling  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  A thorough investigation of sun-dials and globes, with all necessary diagrams; suited to an on-going project; requires careful reading (Middle/Secondary)
 CP12  Five Men in a Boat  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  Surveying the depths of your local water; how to do the job properly. 
(See paper 6)
 CP13  Marine Aquaria
 P.T.J. Hawes M.Phil
 Online  Techniques of management, and suggestions for stocking
 CP14  Orienteering Afloat
 D. R. Prestwich
 Online  Setting up and marking an orienteering exercise in dinghies; outlines the considerations and skills needed.
 CP15  A Model Sextant  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  Full details and drawings for the construction of a wooden or plastic working sextant; needs a faie degree of skill for accuracy.
 CP16  Doubling the Angle on the Bow  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  Simple ideas based on this standard method of inshore position finding; details of the maths behind the rule; how to use it.
 CP17  The "Al Kemal"  W.R.J. Clarke-Lewis B.Sc
 Online  How to make a copy of the ancient Arab instrument to find the distance off-shore, using an old ruler and string.
 CP18  CSE in Outdoor Education  C.F Care N.A.O.E.
 Online  Some ideas to incorporate into a scheme of assessment of skills, originally written for CSE but still useful for schools involved in multi-activity outdoor education.
 CP19  Tension on a Tow Rope
 B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  A practical investigation into forces on hulls and the resultant velocities and accelerations; good for a windless day
 CP20  Knots on a Log Line  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  A traditional log-line described, with diagrams for construction ideas for alternative devices to measur boat speeds.
 CP21  History with a Pinch of Salt  B. W. Luck, HMI Rtd
 Online  A light-hearted look at how the sea has affected world history, and Britain's in particular; good bed-time reading, or for serious study
 CP22  Towing Tank Experiments
 J.A. Exley
 Online  Two papers give full details for the construction and use of an inexpensive water tank for testinghulls, plus plenty of ideas to try out. Alo included are details of hull shapes, lines for these hulls, plus model making advice.
 CP23  Paddle your own Dinghy  J.A. Exley
 Online  Instructions on how to paddle a dinghy the way a Red Indian should. Drawings emphasise the techniques of Canadian paddling, while the text outlines training methods.
 CP24  Studying the Estuary Environment  Warden Knott End Centre, David Williamson
   Information on practical work for an estuary shore.
 (Was due out July 1987 - but I have not seen a copy)
 Game  Diced Boats  D. A. Hall
   A board game with model boats, equipment cards, playing board and wind vane to introduce children to sailing equipment, and help them appreciate some aspects of sailing in a fun way. The aim is to move round the board collecting equipment, then sail a course obeying restrictions imposed by wind direction. Suits Primary and lower Secondary ages best. Price £1.60 (1987)
 Dir  Directory of Sailing Programmes  C. Gilbert
   A list of computer programmes on water activities, with reviews where available, and contact addresses. Various computers supported. 
(Was due out in July 1987 but I have never seen a copy)