In Key Stage 2 children are taken on residential trips. These often prove to be the most memorable of learning experiences, staying with children in the long term, affecting behaviour and influencing values.
We aim to support children to develop a range of skills and attributes to give them the ability to integrate socially. These include:
- developing leadership skills
- a sense of responsibility
- Increasing their self-confidence
- feelings of self-worth
- learning to work purposefully in a team with unselfishness and good fellowship
- gain the necessary insight, skills and knowledge to pursue outdoor education in adult life helping them to meet challenges that are beyond their normal experiences
- develop mentally, spiritually and physically, appreciating all that community life within the town and countryside can offer
It is also important for pupils to become involved in practical risk assessment and decision-making to help them become risk-aware, rather than risk-averse.
Our Year 4 pupils attend Braeside residential site in Devizes for three days and two nights. They take part in a number of outdoor adventurous activities including orienteering, high ropes, problem solving activities and so much more!
Our Year 6 pupils attend Simonsbath outdoor centre in Exmoor for five days and four nights, participating in a range of activities including wall climbing, mountain biking, archery, hiking to name but a few!
These trips provide opportunities for team building as well as outdoor and adventurous activities, and they are tremendously popular with the children. They can only go ahead with the goodwill of the teaching and support staff in organising and running the visits, and the support of some parents who go away with the children too.