Outdoor Learning, Enrichment & Residentials

March 2021 – Educational Offsite Visits Road Map

We believe that every pupil at Pitcheroak should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances. 

As a school we aim to offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities over a 4 year cycle. To view the current plan for additional opportunities for each Key Stage please click on the link below. Please note that this may be subject to change throughout the academic year.

Residentials and Enrichment Long Term Plan

Teachers and pupils at Pitcheroak value the additional opportunities for learning provided by a range of activities conducted outside the classroom. We provide a variety of outdoor learning opportunities such as Forest School and horse riding. We also offer a wide range of residential opportunities such as Malvern Hills Outdoor Education Centre; PGL Boreatton Park in Shrewsbury and Blackwell Adventure in Bromsgrove where pupils can participate in a range of activities including orienteering, canoeing and climbing. Pupils also experience Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre on a regular basis, which can lead to achieving the RYA entry level award in sailing.

We also have a Duke of Edinburgh Award for pupils to participate in outdoor activities following an accredited pathway.

Forest School

The Forest School concept is to immerse children into nature, allowing them to explore, show curiosity and to develop social, physical and educational skills that they might not learn in the conventional classroom by having hands on learning experiences in a natural and calm environment. Learning within Forest School is play based and as far as possible child initiated. It is an opportunity to take some supported risks that are appropriate to the environment and the children themselves.

Pupils from Key Stages 1 to 3 experience Forest School at Pitcheroak School all of whom have a wide variety of personal, academic, and developmental needs.

When we work with pupils in Forest School, we identify the skills we want them to develop and provide activities that will help promote these skills.

Forest School enables pupils to:

  • develop self esteem
  • develop team-working skills
  • problem-solve
  • foster relationships with their peers
  • build their confidence and resilience
  • become creative thinkers
  • become more independent
  • explore and play
  • develop curiosity and play skills