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					        Creswell Heritage Trust
 Ice Age Sports Day at Creswell Crags
   Evaluation of Learning Outcomes




Abi Hackett   Ice Age Sports Day   P.1
                  Ice Age Sports Day at Creswell Crags
                    Evaluation of Learning Outcomes

Introduction

Creswell Heritage Trust is an independent charitable trust, with responsibility
for managing the heritage resource of Creswell Crags.

Creswell Crags Visitor Centre runs a series of special event throughout the
year, particularly in the summer months and during school holidays. ‘Ice Age
Sports Day’ forms part of this programme of events, and has been billed as
the ‘coolest’ sports day around, as it might have been in the Ice Age!
Ice Age Sports day took place12th and 13th August 2006.

Over the two days of the weekend, free activities were run in the meadow,
divided into three sections:

Agility        Including activities such as a bouldering wall, balancing trail and
               ’jump your own height challenge’.
Accuracy       Including spear throwing, slingshots and furry footwear fling!
Speed          Including novelty races and circuit training




                       Spear throwing in the ‘accuracy’ area


In addition, a small games area offered ‘pin the berries on the mammoth’,
‘quoits’, ‘knuckle bones’ and ‘marbles’.

Children could collect a ‘challenge form’, which they could get signed at each
activity station. Once they had done all the activity areas they could collect a
certificate.

In addition to this, cave tours were run as usual throughout the weekend, and
an archaeological dig was taking place just outside Church Hole cave.




Abi Hackett                    Ice Age Sports Day                              P.2
Aims / objectives of the event

Staff at Creswell Heritage Trust decided to run the ‘Ice Age Sports day’ event
following suggestions from Chesterfield College tourism students. Creswell
Crags staff felt this would be a ‘different’ and ‘fun’ event to organise and run,
and targeted the event at a family audience.

Expected learning outcomes for this event are that people who visit Creswell
Crags for the Ice Age sports day event will:


          1)   See the Crags in a new way
          2)   Take part in physical activities
          3)   Try something new
          4)   Have fun
          5)   Spend quality time together as a family
          6)   Plan to come back again soon
          6)   Have new opinions about themselves


Statements in red were seen as the key outcomes for the event.

These learning outcomes cover a range of Generic Learning Outcome (GLO)
categories, as identified in Inspiring Learning for All (see below).


 Activity, behaviour and progression
 Take part in physical activities
 Try something new
 Spend quality time together as a family
 Plan to come back again soon



      Enjoyment, inspiration and
      creativity
      Have fun



                                  Attitudes and values
                                  See the Crags in a new way
                                  Have new opinions about themselves



The table below gives a summary of the GLOs for this event, along with
potential weak and strong evidence indicators for these outcomes, and
methodology which will be used to collect this evidence. Further details of
methodology are given in the next section.



Abi Hackett                    Ice Age Sports Day                             P.3
Generic learning         Weak Indicator                          Strong indicator                            Method of evidence
outcome                                                                                                      capture
                         Visitors do activities they do not      Visitors are surprised by things they       Questionnaire
See the Crags in a new   normally do when visiting the Crags     do and see during the event                 Word search
way                                                              Visitors say that they think differently    Thought bubble activity
                                                                 about the Crags
                         A significant proportion of visitors    Visitors come in family groups and          Observation /
Spend quality time       come in family groups                   take part in activities as a family,        photographs
together as a family                                             involving participation from more than      Questionnaire
                                                                 one generation.
                         Visitors say they would like to visit   Visitors are specific about when and        Questionnaire
Plan to come back        again                                   why they want to come back                  One to one interview
again soon

                         Children participate in some of the     Visitors of all ages participate in a       Observation /
Take part in physical    activities                              range of activities                         photographs
activities                                                       Visitors are able to talk about which       Thought bubble activity
                                                                 activities they did and which they
                                                                 enjoyed the most
                         Children do something they haven’t      Visitors of all ages do a range of          Questionnaire
Try something new        done before                             things they haven’t done before and         Thought bubble activity
                                                                 feel challenged
                         Visitors say that they have enjoyed     Visitors enthuse about the day and          Questionnaire
Have fun                 themselves                              are able to describe specific activities    Word search
                                                                 that they enjoyed a lot.                    Thought bubble activity
                         Visitors are surprised by the things    Visitors feel that the things they did at   Thought bubble activity
Have new opinions        they did today                          the event challenged them, and have         Word search
about themselves                                                 a sense of achievement at the end of
                                                                 the event




Abi Hackett                Ice Age Sports Day                             P.4
Evaluation methodology


A range of different evaluation methodologies was used over the two day
event, in order to capture a range of data and to appeal to as wide a range of
visitors as possible.


Questionnaire
Using a ‘tick box’ questionnaire, visitors were asked to rate statements
according to how far they agreed with them. These questionnaires were
mainly targeted at older children and adults and were used on day 1.


Word search
Visitors are asked to circle the three words that best describe how they felt
during the event. They then find the words in the word search in order to
receive a prize (small pack of sweets). This activity was targeted mainly at
children and young people and was used on day 1.


Thought bubble activity
Children and families were encouraged to use words, symbols or pictures to
record their thoughts in ‘thought bubbles’. The postcards say:
    What surprised you most about today?
    What did you enjoy doing today?
Both children and adults completed this activity on day 2.


Observation / journey mapping
Time was also spent during the event mapping journeys people made around
the meadow area, recording which activities they visit, what they do there, and
how they react to them. Comments made to staff were also recorded.


Photography
Photographs were taken throughout the event to record what people were
doing and to support the other evaluation data collected.




Abi Hackett                   Ice Age Sports Day                                P.5
Results


‘Statements’ questionnaire

27 people, mainly adults, completed the ‘statements questionnaire’, where
they were asked to rate how far they agreed with a range of statements about
the Ice Age Sports Day event.

The table below shows the responses for this activity, with percentages
rounded to the nearest whole number.

                                          Very much        Partly   Not really       Not at all
I had a lot of fun today                  23               4        0                0
                                          85%              15%      0%               0%
Today I was surprised by what I           21               6        0                0
did and saw                               78%              22%      0%               0%
I did something today that I have         21               5        1                0
never done before                         78%              19%      3%               0%
Today I spent quality time with           25               2        0                0
friends and family                        93%              7%       0%               0%
I plan to come back to Creswell           22               4        1                0
Crags soon                                81%              16%      3%               0%


The figure below shows these results as a bar chart.


                   Responses to the 'statements' questionnaire

       30
       25
       20                                                                   Very much
                                                                            Partly
       15
                                                                            Not really
       10                                                                   Not at all
        5
        0
                                                  Spent time
                                      Something
            Had a lot




                                                                back soon
                        by what I
                        Surprised




                                                                 Plan to
             of fun
             today




                                                    family




                                                                  come
                                        never
                                        done




                                                     with
                           did




Abi Hackett                         Ice Age Sports Day                                     P.6
Word search activity

22 children completed the ‘word search’ activity, where they were asked to
pick three words which best described the Ice Age Sports day.

The below table shows the numbers of times each word was selected, and
also gives these figures as percentages, rounded to the nearest whole
number.


Word                      Number of times it was       Percentage of times this
                          selected                     word was chosen
Surprised                 8                            12%
Frustrated                1                            2%
Interested                5                            7%
Proud                     2                            3%
Bored                     0                            0%
Curious                   2                            3%
Happy                     11                           16%
Challenged                12                           18%
Excited                   12                           18%
Nervous                   0                            0%
Fun                       12                           18%
Pleased                   3                            4%


The figure below shows these results as a pie chart.


           Which words best describe the Ice Age Sports Day?


                                                                 Challenged
                                                                 Excited
                                                                 Fun
                                                                 Happy
                                                                 Surprised
                                                                 Interested
                                                                 Pleased
                                                                 Proud
                                                                 Curious
                                                                 Frustrated




Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                               P.7
Thought bubble activity

14 adults and children completed the ‘thought bubble’ activity on day 2, writing
or drawing what they enjoyed about the day and what surprised them most.
The responses to these two questions are listed below.



    What did you                                          What surprised
    enjoy doing                                           you most about
    today?                                                today?



I enjoyed the balancing trail and the      I was surprised about the spear
furry boot flinging                        throwing
I enjoyed winning a stone in the           Mum and Dad were surprised how
marbles game                               well Lewis did on the climbing wall
I liked throwing a spear                   We were also surprised and pleased
The best was the climbing wall             that activities were still running
                                           despite the horrible weather!

Climbing on the wall                       Sling shot
Throwing the spear                         That I won the sling shot!
Climbing wall                              That I could jump my height
Putting the berries on the mouth of        I was surprised about everything
the mammoth
Climbing wall                              Throwing the coits
I liked the agility area                   The wall
Everything!                                The balancing
Particularly liked the climbing wall and   The range of activities on an Ice Age
jumping my own height                      theme
The spirit of the day – activities were    The different activities that Ice Age
good fun                                   people did!
Balancing, spears, seeing the dig,         Can’t say I was surprised
friendly staff, stone sliding




                What surprised you most today? Sling shot activity



Abi Hackett                   Ice Age Sports Day                              P.8
Analysis

Analysis of the data collected during the Ice Age Sports day allows us to
comment on the Learning Outcomes for the event. The intended Learning
Outcomes for this event were that people visiting the event would:

Enjoyment, inspiration and creativity Have fun

Activity, behaviour and progression Take part in physical activities
                                    Try something new
                                    Spend quality time together as a
                                    family
                                    Plan to come back again soon

Attitudes and values                    See the Crags in a new way
                                        Have new opinions about themselves


Enjoyment, inspiration and creativity

Ice Age Sports Day was planned as a lighthearted event and having fun was
an important learning outcome. The ‘range statements’ questionnaire asked
people to respond to ‘I had a lot of fun today’ and 100% of respondents
agreed with this statement, which is a very positive result.




                        Dressing up as a caveman race!

For younger visitors, the word search activity asked them to select three
words that described their day. Among the most popular responses were
‘happy; ‘fun’ and ‘excited’, which together totalled 52% of responses.

The thought bubble activity asked people what they most enjoyed doing
today. Responses give a strong indication that people had fun at the event,


Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                               P.9
and could give specific examples of what they particularly enjoyed. Twelve out
of the fourteen responses gave examples of specific activities that they had
enjoyed; other answers included the spirit of the day, friendly staff and
‘everything!’ The most enjoyed activity was the climbing wall, mentioned in
five responses.




                               The climbing wall


Observation of the day showed a high level of participation from both adults
and children, and lots of laughter. Comments made of the day included lots of
gratitude for the event, particularly for the personal attention from staff.
Comments recorded included

        “I’m going to come back and do it all again tomorrow.”

        “The staff are really nice and friendly. We’ve not been
        before, but we’d come again.”

One person commented on their ‘bubble activity’ that they most enjoyed;

        “The spirit of the day – activities were good fun”




                              Furry footwear fling




Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                           P.10
Activity, behaviour and progression

A strong purpose of the Ice Age Sports day was for people to participate – to
take part in physical activities and to try something new, which they had not
done before.

A very wide range of physical activities were on offer during the event, and the
majority of people took part in lots of activities, spurred on in particular by the
offer of a certificate if they had a go at everything. Particularly encouraging
was the range of people who were able to participate – as well as children,
lots of adults tried the activities such as spear throwing and the bouldering
wall, and smaller children were able to join in in the ‘small games area’ with
coits and ‘pin the berries on the mammoth’. A significant number of visitors
with mobility difficulties (approx 6) also came to the event, and were able to
participate by trying modified versions of some activities such as quoits. It
would be an interesting extension of this event to run something similar
specifically targeted at visitors with disabilities.




                         ‘Pin the berries on the mammoth’

The ‘thought bubble’ activity also provided lots of evidence of people taking
part in and enjoying a range of physical activities. Twelve out of fourteen
responses to the questions ‘what did you enjoy doing today’ mentioned
specific physical activities, including the bouldering wall, spear throwing and
the balancing trail.

The questionnaire asked people to respond to ‘I did something today which I’d
never done before’, and 97% of respondents agreed partly or fully with this
statement. Comments made by visitors on the day also support this outcome
– for example, one visitor’s comments about her grandson;

         “He’s only 5. He always goes on the climbing frame in the
         playground, but he’s never done anything like this
         before.”

For visitors to be able to spend time together as a family was seen as a key
outcome for the Ice Age Sports day. The majority of visitors to the event came


Abi Hackett                   Ice Age Sports Day                              P.11
as families, in some cases in very large extended families, and in some cases
as grandparents with grandchildren.

The activities proved to be extremely effective at generated high quality family
learning activities – learning activities where more than one generation is
involved. Parents and adults fully participated in many of the activities, and
also gave lots of advice and encouragement to the children. There were many
examples of adults helping children complete the climbing wall and shot
putting and of adults competing with their children in spear throwing and
circuit training!




                    Helping his grandchild on the climbing wall


The questionnaire asked people whether they had ‘spent quality time with
family and friends’. This statement received the strongest positive response of
all, with 100% agreeing with the statement, and 93% agreeing ‘very much’.

Some of the comments given in the thought bubble activity also demonstrated
the nature of family time that had been experience. For example, one family
commented that what most surprised them was; “Mum and Dad were
surprised how well Lewis did on the climbing wall.”




               Parents help their son at dressing as a caveman race




Abi Hackett                   Ice Age Sports Day                           P.12
Providing the opportunity to acquire a certificate also provided a good
opportunity for inter-generational dialogue. The idea of the challenge and the
need to get all the activities signed off offered a structure for the day to
parents, and encouraged them to help children complete the activities they
found more challenging. Lots of families wanted to keep their yellow forms
which they had had signed at each activity, to show people back home, and
similarly lots of children planned to show their certificates to other family
members back home. One parent asked her child;

        “You going to get your certificate? Then you can show
        nanny can’t you?”

The questionnaire also asked people whether they planned to come back
again soon. Responses to this showed a good success rate of 81% of
respondents agreeing with this statement ‘very much’ and 97% agreeing with
this statement overall. Responses to this statement could perhaps have been
strengthened if respondents had specific reasons or occasions that they
wanted to return to Creswell Crags, for example through a future linked
activity, or future activities strongly promoted at this event.




                         Preparing to throw a shot put




Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                           P.13
Attitudes and values

A key outcome for the event was that people would see the Crags in a new
way, complementing a variety of activities which Creswell Crags has run over
the last year to widen public understanding of the scope and meaning of
Creswell Crags.

The questionnaire asked visitors whether they were ‘surprised by what I did
and saw’. 100% of respondents agreed with this statement. Similarly, the word
search activity included words that related to visitors being surprised and
thinking more deeply about the site and their experiences. These words were
surprised, interested and curious. In total, 22% of responses were for these
words, a fair amount but a lower score than the words relating in enjoyment
and fun (P.9).

Comments made by the public also seemed to indicate that there were
pleasantly surprised by the activities on offer, and it made them think about
life at Creswell Crags in the Ice Age from a new angle. For example,
comments from parents and grandparents included;

        “It must have been hard then, not like just popping to
        Tescos.”

        “I’d be no good at catching animals!”

        “What do you fancy for your dinner son?” (at the spear
        throwing activity)




                             Spear throwing activity


Staff were also interested in whether the event led people to have a new
opinion about themselves, for example being surprised by what they were
able to do, and feeling more self confident or proud as a result. The word
search included the words ‘proud’ ‘frustrated’ and ‘challenged’, designed to


Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                            P.14
allude to these feelings of confidence and achievement. In total, 23% of
responses were for these statements, with ‘challenged’ being one of the joint
favourite statements.




                              On the balancing trail


The ‘thought bubble’ activity also asked respondents what surprised them
about the Ice Age Sports day. Responses to this question were very
interesting, and divided broadly into two responses; those relating to things
visitors had done and achieved during the day, for example;

        “That I could jump my height.”

        “That I won the sling shot!”

        “Mum and Dad were surprised how well Lewis did on the
        climbing wall.”

And those relating to the event itself, for example;

        “The different activities that Ice Age people did!”

        “We were also surprised and pleased that activities were
        still running despite the horrible weather!”




                      What surprised you most about today?


Abi Hackett                   Ice Age Sports Day                           P.15
These results seem to indicate that there have been some changes in visitors’
attitudes and values as a result of the Ice Age Sports day – for example that
participants achieved more than they expected to, and that this event was not
the usual thing that people would expect at Creswell Crags.




                            Circuit training challenge


Conclusion

Ice Age Sports Day provided a fun and effective opportunity for families to
spend time together at Creswell Crags. Adults and children of all ages took
part in a range of physical activities, many of which they had not tried before.
In some cases, the event enabled people to see Creswell Crags in a new way,
and to feel a sense of achievement themselves. It seems likely that many of
these visitors will return again to Creswell Crags.

The feedback collected through the evaluation activities at the Ice Age Sports
day has been a useful way of recording and demonstrating the success of this
popular event.




                           Taking part in novelty races



Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                            P.16
Appendix: Handouts and activities used during the evaluation


The following handouts were produced for use during the Ice Age Sports Day
evaluation, and could be used or adapted for use for future events:

   1) ‘Statements’ questionnaire

   2) Word Search Activity

   3) Thought bubbles activity




Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                       P.17
                                         Ice Age sports day
                                        Tell us what you think



Please tick one box for each statement.


                                         Very   Partly   Not      Not at
                                         much            really   all

I had a lot of fun today



Today I was surprised by what I did
and saw



I did something today that I have
never done before



Today I spent quality time with
friends and family



I plan to come back to Creswell Crags
soon



                              Thank you!




Abi Hackett                Ice Age Sports Day                       P.18
           Ice Age Sports Day – Tell us what you think!

Look at the words below. Which ones best describe how you felt during
the Ice Age Sports day?

Please circle the three best words from this selection



          Surprised                 Happy
          Frustrated                Challenged
          Interested                Excited
          Proud                     Nervous
          Bored                     Fun
          Curious                   Pleased



Then find your three words in the word search below in order to win a
prize!


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Abi Hackett                  Ice Age Sports Day                     P.19
What did you enjoy
doing today?




What surprised you
most about today?




Abi Hackett   Ice Age Sports Day   P.20

				
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