Swimming is an essential skill for life and an important aspect of the National Curriculum, adding also to a child's confidence and personal growth. Children across the school will have the opportunity to develop their swimming skills at different times during the school year. Currently, Bees and Beetles go in the Autumn Term, Dragonflies in the Easter Term and Ladybirds in the Summer term, although this current organisational model is being reviewed. Children travel by coach to Quantock Lodge where they are provided with professional tutorship.
Developing an understanding of the world around them is a vital part of any learners education. As such, we are always keen to enhance learning opportunities through the considered use of educational visits. Children in all classes will have the opportunity to go on educational visits throughout the year. Such visits this year have already included the dragonflies visiting Hinkley Point to develop their understanding of power production and supply and a whole school visit to the Bristol Hippodrome, to develop appreciation for the spectacle of a traditional pantomime.
Such trips combine the benefits of additional resources providing intensive National Curriculum input with social skills learning and team building opportunities.
For children to get the most out of their abilities, to broaden their horizons and to offer the opportunity to discover new talents and skills they sometimes have to leave the boundaries of the classroom and experience a wide range of challenges and activities that go above and beyond what they usually learn. We believe that Residential visits provide a wonderful opportunity to enhance our curriculum, to develop teamwork and social skills and even to recognise and conquer fears.
Children in Key Stage 2 will have the opportunity to visit Kilve Education Centre in Years 3 or 4 and the chance to go further afield when in Years 5 and 6, whether on a city visit to London or to experience the outdoor and adventurous activities offered by PGL or other such organisations further afield.