Trips, Visitors and Residentials
We aim to develop pupils’ opportunities beyond the classroom with a comprehensive offer of trips, visitors and residential ‘School Journeys’ which aim to help the pupils make the most of our London location!
Beginning with local area visits in the Early Years and culminating in the Year Six opportunity to spend a week living as a farmer at the Farms for City Children farms in either Devon or Wales, we offer a range of trips and experiences which help to broaden our pupils’ understanding of the world.
Recent trips have included a Year One visit to The Tower of London; a boat ride on the River Thames in Year Two and a Year Five trip to the Houses of Parliament. The majority of our trips link directly to pupils’ learning in English, Humanities and Science and often feed into the work which pupils later complete in class. Such experiential learning enhances pupils’ understanding of a topic and allows them to place new ideas and vocabulary in context. We also have strong links with local arts organisations including the National Theatre and the Unicorn Theatre. We aim to offer the opportunity for every pupil in Years One to Six to attend at least one live concert, play or performance every year.
Visitors and Partnerships
Each term, we welcome a diverse range of visitors into the school to give talks, host workshops and run series of lessons around a theme. Many of our visitors cover aspects of personal, social and emotional education – such as visits from the Police, Fire service and the local hospital – equipping our pupils with life skills which will be of use both in and outside of school. We also welcome visitors from the local community, such as Canada Water library, and have recently welcomed Neil Coyle – our local MP – who spoke all about the recent election and his role as an MP.
We also have a number of longer term partnerships which have led to lasting outcomes for our pupils. We have recently worked with the Museum of London and Time and Talents Nursing home to create a community cookbook and our partnership with Shakespeare’s Globe has embedded a dramatic approach to learning across the curriculum.
We offer three residential opportunities for our pupils – in Years Two, Four and Six.
In Year Two, the pupils stay overnight at Rippledown House, where they engage in pond dipping, teamwork activities and shelter building activities.
In Year Four, we venture further afield to Kingswood on the Isle of Wight. There, pupils can participate in high adventure activities such as High Ropes challenges and the zip wire whilst also enjoying the seaside location!
Finally, in Year Six, we take the pupils to one of the Farms for City Children – either Nethercott House in Devon or Treginnis in Wales. The pupils live and work as a large family for a whole week, caring for the animals on the farm and learning a great deal about living together in the countryside. It really is an unforgettable week!