West Berkshire Council

Activity Team West Berkshire - Activities and Resources for Schools

Lesson plans, information, resources and booking details for teachers and schools parties

Learning Outside the Classroom

Why not try Learning Outside of the Classroom? We hold a LOTC "Quality Badge" for our activities, and run a Daytime Programme (based at Pangbourne or Newbury).  School Sessions run from Monday to Friday, 10am - 2.30pm (three sessions are available each day)

In our programme, our staff work with teachers and professionals to develop either an introduction or development programme tailored to the needs of the individual year groups and the learning outcomes desired.

Catering for the age of eight upwards, we offer a broad range of activities with a 1:8 Ratio of staff to students.

We offer:

  • Kayaking - with single cockpit kayaks suitable for one person
  • Open Canoe - two-seater Open Canoes suitable for two/three people
  • Rafted Open Canoe - two Open Canoes and rafting Kit suitable for six/eight people
  • Bellboat Catamaran Hull - suitable for 12 people
  • River Trip - dependant on experience, a range of craft can be used to explore the beautiful River Thames or Kennet and Avon Canal
  • Climbing - we have a 6.4metre Climbing and Abseiling Indoor Wall
  • Orienteering - on Pangbourne Meadow and surrounding area
  • Team Building - we offer various team building challenges including the "Deadly lake and gutter challenge"
  • Archery - we have an Indoor Archery range with two targets

If you would like us to visit your school and talk about what we have on offer, or meet to arrange your trip, please get in touch with us.

To find out more, take a look at the LOtC Quality Badge website.

New for 2017 - Forest Schools

We now offer the opportunity for schools to work with our friendly Forest School teacher, Gerry, and design a bespoke development course for children. The Forest Schools ethos focuses on the transition from adult-directed activities to child-led activities.  This process can take a different amount of time depending on the groups involved.  It can be broken down into four different stages:

  1. Acclimatisation and Discovery -  where children become familiar with the Forest Schools site, leader and various routines
    the key theme is safety, with learners discovering that they are physically, mentally and emotionally safe
  2. Scaffolding and Modelling - learners start observing changes, begin to question and investigate within the natural world
  3. Consolidation - learners feel confident to undertake their own projects because they are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to do so independently
  4. Transference  - ensuring that the holistic skills, understanding and experiences developed through Forest Schools are transferable to the rest of the learner's life; skills include include Improved Confidence, Self-Esteem, Problem Solving, Social Skills, Emotional Skills and Independence

If you'd like to arrange a Forest School course, please get in touch with us.

Who To Contact

Contact details for West Berkshire's Activity Team

0118 984 3162