Curriculum Visits and Visitors
At Holme Grange, we place great value on children learning outside of the classroom. Outdoor learning offers many opportunities for learners to deepen and contextualise their understanding within curriculum areas, and for linking learning across the curriculum in different contexts and at all levels. Educational day trips outside the classroom, residential visits or specialists visiting a class or group can inspire and motivate our children in new and exciting ways, helping to bring learning to life. Throughout the school year we take the children on outings which help bring learning to life; they are able to feel and see what life was like in the past. It is also an opportunity to ask questions of an expert in that field. As well as historical sites we have visited the National Gallery – the children love to see real paintings and experience the grandeur of these buildings.
All educational visits are conducted in such a manner as to safeguard and promote the Health and Safety of all pupils and staff involved in the visit. Any member of staff planning a visit is expected to go through a robust procedure, including rigorous risk assessment and levels of approval.
All Educational Visit activities will support the aims of the school, enriching the curriculum and making learning more meaningful and relevant to our pupils. Educational visits:
- Enhance curricular and recreational opportunities for all our pupils;
- Provide a wider range of experiences for our pupils other than could be provided on the school site alone;
- Promote the independence of our children as learners, and enable them to grow and develop in new learning environments
Pupils look forward to their first residential trip, most recently Aylmerton on the Norfolk coast, which takes place in Year 5. Years 6, 7 and 8 have recently visited Normandy and Cornwall.
Visiting speakers are also welcomed to share their experiences with the pupils and parents and our guests to date include:
Simon Weston – Steve Cunnigham – Alan Martin / Mouse on the Move – Michael Gove – Jim Lawless – Giles Duley – Curtis Jobling – Bear Grylls – Santa Montefiore – Miles Tandy (RSC Director) – John Redwood MP – Toby Garbett (Olympian) – Jimmy Goddard (Paralympic Tri athlete) – Will Carling – Helen Richardson-Walsh – Alex Partridge Gold Medalist Rowing – Philip Lee MP
Some Examples of Trips and Visits made by Pupils
Paris – Cornwall – Iceland – Normandy – Alymerton – Bushcraft – Dorset – Lulworth Cove – Megeve (Ski Trip) – Sport Tour – Summer Water Sports – Dordoyne – Rainforest Oxford – Houses of Parliament – Science Museum – V&A – London National Theatre – Henley river and Rowing – Whitchurch Mill – Reading University – O2 – Royal Institute Christmas Lectures – Lookout Discovery Centre – Pizza Express – RHS Wisely – Birdworld – Bucklebury Farm – Living History Workshop – Geography Coastal Trip – The Haymarket London – Brighton Sea Life – Pitt Rivers Museum – Roche Court – Verillaneum – London Zoo – Richmond Theatre – Durdle Door – Wokingham History Tour – Weald and Down Museum – Heathlands Farm – Big Bang Science Fair Birmingham – National Gallery – Odds Farm Park – Tesco’s Wokingham – Shakespeare Residential trip – Wokingham Fire Station – Wokingham Library – Reading Museum – Museum of Childhood in London – Highclere Castle