Part of our School Vision is for children to have a 'Love of Learning'. One of the ways we ensure this happens is to enhance our curriculum with school visits throughout the year.
In Foundation and Key Stage One, the children start the year by attending 10 Forest School sessions, run by the Forest Schools trust. The children love being able to work outdoors, come rain or shine and learn more about the woodland around them, working togther as a team. Later in the year, the Foundation children have the opportunity to visit Rectory Farm to see lambing in progress.
In KS2, the Year 3/4 have 10 swimming sessions at Buckingham Pool to support their development of swimmng and have visitors in to school linked to their topics, such as the Vikings. They also take part in the Tented camp in the Summmer term, with the Year 5/6 children. Every two years, we offer a residential visit to Swanage for the Year 5/6 children in Sycamore Class as well. Other visits are organised throughout the year local to our area, linked to our curriculum and change as the year progresses.
Natural History Museum, London - written by Mrs Sue Dorward our former Foundation Governor
On Tuesday 22nd January I went to the Natural History Museum London with Sycamore Class pupils, Mrs McFarlane, Mrs Gooding and Mrs Peppler.
The bus trip to London was fun as the children were allowed to sit next to their own choice of partner.
They were really excited and as we passed the flight path for Heathrow Airport they counted the aeroplanes they saw and tried to work out which airline they were flying for.
At the Museum there was an excellent workshop where the children played a game based on a selection of fossil feet. They had to work out what type of terrain they lived in and what the size and shape of their feet said about them. Kitchen tongs were used as bird’s beaks to show how the size and shape determined the survival of the species. They were shown a time line and how and when animals died out. It was explained that evolution is change over time. During the afternoon we looked at the various exhibits and all were amazed at the size of the blue whale.
Overall it was a very informative and enjoyable day and the children were a real credit to the school. They were well behaved throughout and even the very long journey back to school didn’t cause any issues. I am sure they got a lot out of this very well planned and organised trip.
Viking DayOak class had a fabulous day on Tuesday when the Vikings came to visit. By lunchtime, children were coming to me telling me all sorts of interesting facts and judging from the shouts and whoops of delight going on in the hall, they all had an amazing time. Thank you to everyone for providing costumes so the children could get fully involved.