I just wanted to thank you for what was clearly a fabulous week. My daughter has come back and not stopped talking about her experiences and the fun she has had, it seems like she is walking about 7ft tall.
Years 1 & 2
Year 1 and 2 enjoy an annual pantomime at the local Elgiva Theatre in Chesham just before Christmas. Year One enjoy a hands on art workshop at St. Alban’s Cathedral and also a trip around Windsor Castle later on in the year. Year Two visit St Mary’s Church in Old Chesham and the Roald Dahl Museum at Great Missenden.
In-house workshops might include Pirates (Year 1), a visit from the local police or a visit from the local fire station complete with fire engine!
Every opportunity is made to draw on the experience and knowledge of parents and parents have been willing to come and share short talks and show artefacts to the children which support the curriculum.
In years 3 and 4 we organise a wide variety of trips outside of school and visits to the schools by professionals. Below is a sample of what is currently on offer to these children.
History Celtic Harmony
Music Japanese Drumming workshop in school
History Egyptian workshop in school
Science College Lake nr Tring
Geography Mop End Field Studies Centre: Rivers work
History Romans workshop in school
Science Natural History Museum
Science Rock and Soils day in school
Art The National Gallery
Orienteering Wendover Woods
History Vikings workshop in school
Throughout the year each Y4 class visits Chesham Mosque as part of their RE studies
School trips during the academic year reflect and compliment many aspects of the curriculum. Recent examples include a Year 8 Geography Field trip to Wycombe, a Year 5 visit to Sulgrave Manor (a Tudor house), a Year 8 visit to St Paul’s Cathedral (History and RE), and visits to the National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern, the Globe and Tate Britain.
During the summer term a residential Activity Programme takes place each year. Venues this year are at Grafham Water in Cambridgeshire for year 5 (3 days), Barton Hall in Devon for year 6 (5 days), Boreatton Park in Shropshire for year 7 (5 days) and Calstock Sailing Club in Hampshire for year 8 (5 days).
We find that outdoor education helps promote independence and develop skills in working together and individually.