We recognise the value of high quality educational visits and visitors in enhancing the teaching and learning experiences of our pupils. Children from Reception to Year 6 experience a range of enhancement opportunities throughout the year including visits to locations such as Southend-on-Sea, Stow Maries, Colchester Zoo, Layner Marney and many more.
Over the past years some of the most successful trips have been as follows:
Gruffalo Trail at Thorndon Country Park.
The visit was based around the story of The Gruffalo. The day included activities such as problem solving, looking at habitats, understanding the woodlands, singing and storytelling and developing coordination and attention skills.
Make Theatre Trailblazer Workshop
A visit to the National Theatre in London with a focus on a sound a lighting workshop. Activities included interaction with a sound and lighting technician, opportunities to see sound and lighting designs in a real theatre, understanding the science behind lighting, an insight into the backstage area of a theatre, an investigation into how light and sound work and how they can be changed to meet human needs.
English Touring Opera Performance
A visit to see a children's opera at Thameside Theatre. Children research a given explorer during their final unit. His biographical story is performed by a touring opera and then children are invited to watch. Activities include learning operatic techniques, joining in with a performance and building an understanding of a performance.
The visit was based on our animals unit and comparing locations. Activities included looking at animals in a habitat suited to them, finding information out about their natural habitat, food habitats and how they live. The children experienced a African Animals Workshop where they looked at African habitats, furs, skins and bones.
A Trailblazer visit looking into the history of the local area to meet the needs of the geography curriculum. Activities include researching the history of the fort, experiencing orienteering, map reading, bearing and a tour of the fort including the tunnels, roof, park and local area.