There is a wide range of trips and visits for children in the Junior House to enhance and enrich their educational experience. Each trip and visit is carefully planned to support the children in their learning and extend their understanding of the different topics taught. In addition to this, the children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to experience a residential trip. Trips and visits are reviewed annually and new and exciting additions are made.
In Year 6 the children visit Bushcraft in Oxfordshire in the Autumn Term. This is a two night residential trip when pupils are given an unforgettable "back to nature experience". Children are given the opportunity to embrace the great outdoors, build campfires, sleep in shelters which they make and cook their own food. Key learning includes basic survival skills and cooperation.
"I liked building shelters as we got to make our own homes in the woods which we slept in at night. We made all the rules and became true explorers."
In addition to Bushcraft, Year 6 spend a week in the Summer Term at Château de la Baudonnière in Normandy where they immerse themselves in the French language and culture. This is one of the highlights of Year 6 and an immensely rewarding and educational trip.
Pupils enjoy activities such as canoeing, archery, fencing, bread-making, rock climbing, a mud assault course, aeroball and beach volleyball. The area is littered with historical places to visit including the American war cemetery, the Normandy landing beaches, Bayeux and the nearby Mont St. Michelle. A fantastic morning is spent in a small local town shopping in the market place followed by a picnic on the return journey. The children look forward to the infamous 'French Evening' when everyone dons an outfit, samples French cuisine and embraces the "joie de vivre" in a splendid talent competition alongside other visiting schools.
"My favourite part was visiting the market and trying snails for the first time!"
In Year 5 the children spend two nights in the Summer Term at Hooke Court, Dorset. This is a Tudor based workshop weekend, that allows our pupils to experience life in Tudor times as well as team building activities.
"My favourite activity was orienteering because the leader who took us was inspiring and great fun to be with."
The Year 4 children spend two nights away during the school week at Bowles Activity Centre in East Sussex where they take part in a range of outdoor activities. Bowles is the only UK based outdoor centre with its own natural sandstone outcrop suitable for climbing. Our pupils thoroughly enjoy the high and low rope climbing adventure, archery, skiing, raft building and other team building games and activities.
"I really enjoyed rock climbing, as I am normally not that adventurous but it really tested me! I loved it!"
The Year 3 children spend a night at PGL.
Day Trips and Visits
In addition to our residential trips, there is a range of day excursions and visits during the school year. Each term is carefully planned to ensure that our children have a sufficient variety of trips spread throughout the term to enhance and enrich their curriculum.
Trips and visits in the past have included:
|Year 3||Year 4||Year 5||Year 6|
|National Gallery||National Grid||Hampton Court||Houses of Parliament|
|St. Paul's Cathedral||Science Museum||Royal Albert Hall||Bank of England|
|The British Museum||Verulamium||Mary Rose||Globe Theatre|
The Tate Britain
|Tower of London||The Rose Theatre|
|The Barbican||Building a Viking Long Boat||Swaminarayan Mandir Hindu Temple, Neasden||Royal Albert Hall|
|Horniman Museum||Butser Farm||
The Ragged School
|Greek Workshop||Whipsnade Zoo||National Archives||The Acton Depot|
|Prehistoric Workshop||London Central Mosque in Regents Park||Royal Academy of Art Workshop||
|Pedestrian Training||Geography Games Show||Cycling Proficiency||
National Archives – WW2 Propaganda Workshop
|Geography Games Show||Maths Puzzle Day||Geography Games Show||The Orange Tree Theatre|
|Maths Puzzle Day||Maths Puzzle Day||The Imperial War Museum|
|Orange tree theatre||Southwark Cathedral|
|Museum of London|
|Junior Citizenship-Holley Lodge|
|Geography Games Show|
|Stride Young Entrepenuer Programme|
|First aid inset|