For many children ‘school trips’ are some of their most memorable and enjoyable learning experiences. Taking children out and about to see, do and experience different things is a great way to accelerate their learning and bring the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the classroom to life.
From our youngest children in early years to our oldest children in year 6 we offer a wide range of educational visits; which may range from a simple walk into Cheslyn Hay to visit a local church, or see vegetables growing on the allotments to a five day visit to Paris.
Our school visits are carefully planned to enhance the curriculum: for instance pupils learning about World War 2 can visit Cosford and meet veterans who can tell them all about life on the ‘home front’. A school visit may take children pond dipping, to the theatre, down a Black Country mine, to a Maize Maze, an Art gallery, pottery or museum – the list is endless – but each and every visit is planned with meticulous care by the staff to ensure that every child has a safe, enjoyable and educational time.
Our visits are planned to broaden pupils’ horizons and perhaps take them to places that they may not have the opportunity to visit with their family: for instance children will be able to visit different places of worship and talk to people from a variety of faith communities. All our Year 6 pupils, and some of our younger KS2 pupils, have the opportunity to visit a residential Outdoor Education centre and take part in adventurous activities such as climbing, BMXing, search & rescue and archery – this is often a highlight of their time with us.
As well as Educational Visits out of school we welcome a wide range of visitors into school including dancers, drummers, story tellers, charity representatives, historians, the school nurse, community police, librarians, choirs, local church groups – all these visitors are able to add ‘something extra’ to our curriculum and engage our children so that they understand the relevance and importance of what they learn in school.