Trips and Visits
“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” (Plutarch)
We believe that school trips and educational visits and visitors should be viewed as powerful, positive teaching tools that help enhance the social, personal and emotional development of all learners. Extra stimulation in new environments can be particularly beneficial to pupils and can help teach life skills, build on social skills and improve independence and self- confidence.
“Learning is the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience.” (Kolb, 1984, p. 38)
Kolb states that learning involves the acquisition of abstract concepts that can be applied flexibly in a range of situations. In Kolb’s theory, the impetus for the development of new concepts is provided by new experiences.
We recognise that a rich, varied and appropriate curriculum will facilitate meaningful learning. The purpose of the planned experience is to provide pupils with experiences outside their everyday activities. Learning outside the classroom therefore adds value to each individual’s academic and personal development and is a key component in the implementation of our curriculum intent. The experiences are deliberately planned as part of a learning journey, therefore reducing pupils cognitive load. They are encouraged to make links which then enhance the work back in the classroom setting.
A range of learning opportunities are in place to support the teaching of our creative curriculum, including: educational visits and visitors in addition to residential trips, personalised provision to ensure inclusion for all, stimulating learning environments, innovative use of resources and a varied timetable of after-school activities. A wide range of enrichment and enjoyment activities, including residential opportunities, are embedded in the curriculum and these are used effectively to engage pupils, develop social skills and provide much needed life experiences.