To share life and learning in its fullness, we invest in as many external trips as possible. We want all our children to have opportunities to enjoy real and exciting first hand experiences in the wider world to give them the essential knowledge, behaviours and skills to prepare them for their future success.
Covid-19 disrupted plans but easing of restrictions from summer 2021 allowed adventures beyond the home and school environments including:
Abbotsbury Subtropical Gardens – Linked to their ‘Rainforest’ topic, children from Pippin Class were enthralled by giant ferns, banana trees, unusual flowerheads and the knowledge that bamboo is the world’s largest grass and loved by pandas. They also eagerly searched for hidden sculptures of literary characters from The Tales of Beatrix Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Aesop’s Fables.
Magdalen Farm ‘Dawn to Dusk’ – After an early morning walk to the farm, Years 3 to 6 faced an active day of character building fun in nature from orienteering decisions to the joy of getting wet discovering aquatic river life. The children faced imaginative problem solving challenges and tested their physical and mental strength during ‘low ropes’ team challenges up to 1m from the ground.
Arla Organic Dairy Farm – On our ‘Thorncombe Discovery’ outing, children from Reception to Year 4 learned about the Countryside Code and explored our rural surroundings to identify trees on their way to the Sadborow Estate. To help them understand where our food comes from, the farmers explained the importance of worms in the soil and the cycle of cows grazing, milking and sleeping. The children enthusiastically toured the milking parlour and farm machinery before making and tasting their own butter!
Weymouth Outdoor Education Centre – Years 5 and 6 tried their hand at new adventurous character building activities of sailing, climbing and caving; all aimed at encouraging teamwork whilst building confidence and independence. After safety briefings, all the children embraced these new experiences with varying degrees of caution and eagerness!