Activities in the school day
At The Pochin School we strongly believe that children’s high quality learning in class should be complemented by educational visits and residentials.
We believe educational visits are an essential part of any well-round education. The positive impact of visits and residentials can enhance the learning experience at every stage of education, from visits to the brook in the village in reception right through to trips abroad in year 6.
Children every year visit the local area such as, the church, brook, walk through the village, cemetery, Root’s Farm etc. We try to use the local community as much as possible. Educational visits or visitors are then carefully planned into the curriculum to give pupils experience and immerse them in their learning, such as visiting Richard III museum in Leicester, Bosworth Battle Field, The Pochin Family home in Barkby to see The Great War artefacts, the Botanical Gardens in Leicester and Beaumanor hall for adventure days.
All of our residential trips have the ultimate objectives:
- To develop the children’s independence as they progress towards Secondary school.
- To develop their co-operation, team work and communication skills.
- To develop the children’s social skills and become more responsible for their own
- To challenge their own boundaries and try new experiences, including different
- cultures, activities and food.
- To become more aware of the wider world.
- To foster an active lifestyle and, perhaps, new opportunities for leisure pursuits such
- as sports / outdoor activities.
- To relate their class studies to the world in which they live.
We offer 3 residentials. The residential trips are designed to build upon each other and the learning that takes place at school and on Beaumanor adventure days.
Year 4 – Beaumanor Hall – Loughborough – October – one-night residential
Children will take part in bouldering, simple rock climbing, archery, hide and seek in the dark cellars and kayaking around the river Sour in small groups. Children learn to be independent and develop their ability to take responsibility for their own health, hygiene, organisation and sleeping away from home for one night.
Year 5 – Min Y Don – Wales – October – 4 nights residential
Children develop their rock climbing and archery skills. They learn to experience sports at heights such as abseiling, low ropes, high ropes and using the zip line. They paddle a kayak each exploring the stunning Mawddach Valley by boat. They further build on skills they used at Beaumanor in orienteering and bush craft activities. Introduce children to new experiences like mountain walking and trail bike raiding. Children develop their ability to be independent, taking responsibility for their own health, hygiene, organisation and sleeping away from home for four nights!
Year 6 – Château De Chantereine– France – June – 4 nights residential
Children develop further their knowledge of World War I as they visit Battlefield sites and museums. They develop their understanding of the French culture as they visit different towns, villages and places of interest. They shop at a hypermarket and a local market. They visit and converse with pupils from a French school we have close links to and meet up with their penfriends rorm the school.
Activities after school or during lunchtime break
At The Pochin School we aim to provide varied extra curricula experiences, where pupils can enjoy a range of creative, artistic and sporting activities. Some clubs are led voluntarily by school staff and where this is the case you should deal directly with the named member of school staff. Others are led by specialist outside agencies which are not run by the school itself and you should deal directly with the named person in the flyer at all times as externally run clubs will have their own policies and procedures etc. Being a small school with limited space this creates a challenge to run all the clubs the school would like to offer. Therefore, some clubs may only be offered at certain times of the year or to certain year groups. The school endeavours to listen to all parent’s feedback on clubs and wherever possible provide the clubs parents have requested. The school tries to ensure as many clubs as possible remain free to pupils.
Clubs Offered Autumn Term
- British Sign Language
- Multi Sports
Please find below a table of all of the clubs