Trips and Visits
As part of our commitment to delivering a broad and balanced curriculum, we recognise the value of educational trips and visits in enriching the learning and overall experience that our pupils have at school. Mapped against our Progression of Skills documents and with carefully planned learning outcomes, school trips add valuable context and real-life experiences to our class-based teaching. We also take every opportunity to explore our local environment both within the school grounds and in the wider community and enjoy good relationships with local businesses and providers.
The cost of school visits within the school day is met by the school. However, we do ask for 'voluntary contributions' whenever these trips take place. If there are insufficient contributions then the trip may have to be cancelled.
Our trips and local visits programme is regularly reviewed and include:
The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
Butser Ancient Farm
The Aldershot Military Museum
The Gilbert White Field Studies Centre, Selborne
The school also runs three very successful residential trips during the school year for Years 4-6.
In the Summer term Year Four visit PGL Marchants Hill in Hindhead. Here they stay in a fully equipped educational centre which offers an extensive range of activities for the children to enjoy. The activities are mainly centred upon geographical skills and outdoor adventurous activities including the use of OS Maps and orienteering techniques. Multi-skilled activities will encourage team building and leadership skills as well as personal confidence. Activities include archery, challenge course, problem solving, Jacob's Ladder, low level ropes, zip wire and the giant swing.
The children in Year Five enjoy a 3 night visit to the PGL Osmington Bay in Dorset. This trip is unique in that whilst they are there, the children engage in field studies with highly skilled instructors to support and extend their Geography work on rivers and coasts in the Spring and Summer Terms. The children study marine zonation and adaptation when rock pooling on the centre's private beach, discover how the local coastline was formed and participate in an exciting hunt for fossils and follow the course of the local River Wey, exploring its shape, speed and wildlife at different stages along its path.
Year Six have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge of the Victorian era when they visit FSC Preston Montford in Shrewsbury. Here they study the local town, considering how it has changed since Queen Victoria's reign. They also discover how the Industrial Revolution changed the lives of the local inhabitants of Shrewsbury. Later in the week, the children explore local habitats and food chains and enjoy participating in pond dipping and exercises.