Excursions and exchanges

Learning Outside the Classroom

As part of our aim to learn through diversity, we create many opportunities for our children to learn outside the traditional classroom environment. This helps them to develop many personal skills as well as to focus on their academic and cultural learning through real, hands-on experiences. From grade 6 (age 11-12), where the students go on a day out at the beginning of the year, students take part in a number of long-distance, external learning experiences. These include the following:

Texel

A three day experience for grade 7 students. The students not only get to know each other, including their new bilingual classmates, but they also get to know the environment of the Netherlands in a practical, cross-curricular way. Many of the grade 7 teachers accompany the students on this trip.

Outdoor learning

In Grade 8, all students take part in an outdoor learning experience to either England, Scotland or Ireland. The aim is to develop English language skills for everyone and provide new opportunities for activities such as outdoor pursuits and drama.

Spain and France language development

Grade 9 language development trips to Spain and France. Currently students that have chosen French as their modern language option, will travel to Nice and those studying Spanish will go to either Alcala or Toledo, where they can learn the language first hand as well as share in the culture of the country.

WWI Trip to Ypres

In Grade 10 the whole year group visits Ypres in Belgium, providing a cross-curricular learning experience on the First World War. This trip is the culmination of an extended project, designed to give students a greater awareness of the consequences of conflict. On their return, the students put on a school wide exhibition on the first world war, demonstrating the extent of the cross-curricula activity undertaken by the students.

 
 
We went to Ypres and got more of an idea of what really happened in the war. We were in the trenches and went to the graves. I couldn’t believe how many people had died. It felt so much more real than when we were reading about it. We knew we’d have to do an exhibition based on the trip when we came back to school so that helped to keep us focused on the learning while we were there.” – Georgina (grade 10)