Programmes and Themes

Our Outdoor Education team specialises in creating bespoke activity programmes for schools all year round. We provide anything from one day activity days to a full activity week from Monday to Friday. Once we have discussed with you your chosen activities, we create an outdoor education programme tailored to your group’s specific needs and requirements. A typical weekly programme would include 20 hours of formal activity sessions led by our instructors (normally 2.5 hour sessions).

We offer free places for teachers in a ratio of 1:10 and free places for all SEND support staff. If you have not been to Heatree before we recommend coming for a site visit where we will be happy to show you round and answer any questions. Please speak to us directly to arrange this on 01647 221307 or email schools@heatree.org

Themes

As part of your visit we offer a choice of three themes which will be the focus of your activity programme, these are Foundations, Journey and Character. These themes are founded on the National Curriculum for Religious Education and facilitate a holistic experience, integrating adventurous activities with themes and stories from Christianity. Each theme has a slightly different focus, but all are underpinned by high quality outdoor education instruction and will develop elements of individual character education, teamwork, and relationships. Below is an outline of the typical programme content you can expect for each theme:

Foundations

The foundation on which we build our life can help us to feel stable and secure. This theme develops teamwork and individual self-reliance through adventurous activities, survival skills and exploring how Dartmoor has been used by people for thousands of years. Particularly suitable for the Autumn term, this theme is about setting up expectations, building relationships and team skills for the year ahead.

Day 1 Blueprints: What is the purpose of a blueprint or a plan, and do you have ideas about what you would like to achieve this week? We will be thinking about biblical characters and how God had a plan for them.

Day 2 Foundations: What foundations do you have in your life to help you feel secure and achieve your potential? Who do you trust to help you? Looking at biblical stories we will think about how Christians put their trust in God.

Day 3 Under Construction: How do we make decisions, and what sort of person do you want to become? We will be thinking about the choices that we make including thinking about how Christians decide how to live.

Day 4 Moving In: When Jesus died, people thought that that would be the end of his message, but for Christians it is just the beginning. Is this the end of your Heatree story? What will you take back to your life and school from what you have learned this week?

Journey

Life is an exciting journey that each of us is on. Throughout this theme we will explore the opportunities and challenges of an adventurous residential week. We will work to build confidence and resilience in facing the challenges of life’s journey. This theme is particularly well suited to year 6 pupils during the summer term, looking to build confidence and a sense of adventure before progressing on to secondary school.

Day 1 Journey: Where will your Heatree journey take you? We will be thinking about biblical characters and the journeys that they took and finding out how life is like a journey.

Day 2 Bumpy roads: Will your life journey always go smoothly, and how will you overcome some of the obstacles that you face? Looking at the life of Jesus and some of the miracles that he performed we will be thinking about how challenges can be overcome.

Day 3 Crossroads: How do we make decisions, and do we always get them right? We will be thinking about the choices that we make including thinking about how Christians decide how to live.

Day 4 Destination: When Jesus died, people thought that that would be the end of his message, but for Christians it is just the beginning. Is this the end of your Heatree story?  What will you take back to your life and school from what you have learned this week?

Character

When we talk about building character, we mean developing mental strength, resilience and integrity while celebrating the parts that make us uniquely different from anyone else. This theme focuses on individual identity, and the impact that each individual can have on the world around them. We will use adventurous activities to challenge and discover the potential of each student. This theme is suitable for all year groups and stages of the school year.

Day 1 Character: What do we mean by character and what sorts of characteristics will we need for our week at Heatree, or would we like to develop while we are here? Looking at the life of Jesus we will see how he met the needs of the people that he encountered.

Day 2 Identity: Is your character fixed or can it be changed and developed? We will think about how some people met Jesus and their whole lives changed.

Day 3 Impact: What impact can we have on the world around us? We will be thinking about biblical characters who had an impact on the people or places around them and finding out that everyone can chose to make a difference.

Day 4 Intentional Living: When Jesus died, people thought that that would be the end of his message, but for Christians it is just the beginning.  How will you use the experiences that you have had at Heatree when you return to your usual routine at home?

Accommodation and Catering

Our three accommodation wings, Heatree, Farmhouse and Stables, offer private accommodation and facilities for your school. Our bedrooms are dorm-style bunk bedded rooms and the majority have en-suite facilities. Find out more about our accommodation facilities here.

School residentials are fully catered with food cooked fresh on-site and meals can be adapted to cater for all dietary and medical requirements.

Outside of formal activity sessions, our grounds offer extensive areas for outdoor play including a football pitch, swings and an indoor sports barn.

Policies and Risk Assessments

If you would like to see a copy of our Safeguarding Policy please email schools@heatree.org or phone 01647 221307.

If you require our Risk Assessment documents prior to your visit, please do one of the following:

  • For schools in the local area for Devon County Council or Torbay Council, please login to EVOLVE where you will find our SOE5.
  • For schools outside of this area, please email your Provider Statement to: schools@heatree.org

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