We strongly believe in the value of educational visits and residential trips.
Most children have the chance to make at least one day visit during the year. For example, Sulgrave Manor and the Hands On Science Centre in Oxford have provided valuable exciting experiences for follow-up work in the classroom.
Our Key Stage 1 children have been among some of the first in Oxfordshire to do regular work in a woodland environment as part of the Forest Schools Project.
It has become a tradition for children in Year 4 to go on a residential visit, usually lasting two nights and three days. We have been to Youth Hostels in places such as St. Briavels in the Forest of Dean, Castleton in Derbyshire, Cheddar Gorge, Gradbach Mill in Derbyshire, and Coalbrokdale YHA in Ironbridge and a Tipi Adventure Safari.
In Year 6, children have a week’s residential stay at Yenworthy, an outdoor activities centre in Devon supported by Oxfordshire County Council. The centre is set in six acres of beech and oak woodland within the Exmoor National Park. It is within walking distance of beautiful open moorland, ancient woods, wild rivers, rugged and dramatic cliffs and rocky shores. The children spend a week learning new skills such as building beach huts, canoeing, surfing, and orienteering. They also learn problem-solving skills, working in groups and looking after their own space. This is a trip that children remember and talk about for many years to come. You can read more about what Year 6 pupils get up to at Yenworthy on the school blog