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Education Enrichment

Educational visits and learning outside the classroom are tired and tested ways of enriching children’s learning. In the ‘Learning outside the Classroom’ report produced by Ofsted, it states: ‘When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development’ (Ofsted, 2012). As a school we believe trips are something to be increasingly valuable for the children’s development and gives them the opportunity to share new experiences with their peers that without school they might not experience.

Learning outside the classroom is always more successful when it is an integral element of long-term curriculum planning and closely linked to classroom activities. Learning outside the Classroom shouldn’t just be confined to Topic, it is appropriate to use over all areas of the curriculum. As a school we need to make sure that experiences are sufficient, well-structured opportunities for all learners and above all it is engaging. With that being said, below is possible Learning outside the Classroom opportunities for Years 1-6.

  Autumn Spring Summer
Year 1

Topic

Hero’s and Villain’s

School visit from the police, fire department or doctors and nurses.

The History Squad – Florence Nightingale Workshop

Street Detectives

Local area walk to Jubilee Crescent or Radford Common

 

Science

Seasonal Changes, Animals including Humans

Trip – chn to take part in a local walk making observations of change, taking photographs and collecting different things that is relevant to the season.

Forest School – Observing micro-habitats and the animals that live there.

Everyday Materials

 

Topic

Big Lights, Big City

Visit from the ‘Queen’ Afternoon tea and celebrations that would take place for celebrations for the Queen e.g. Jubilee

How has life changed since our Queen was born?

Visits from people of all ages talking about experiences and memories.

Afternoon tea and celebrations that would take place for celebrations for the Queen e.g. Jubilee

Castle visit – Warwick Castle Learn about the queen’s ancestors and what it was like to live as a monarch.

 

Science

Seasonal Changes

Trip – chn to take part in a local walk making observations of change, taking photographs and collecting different things that is relevant to the season.

Animals

School Visit – Zoo Lab, The Exotic Animal encounter etc.

Trip – Zoo

Topic

Why was the Great Fire of London so great?

School Workshop – History squad

Create the Great Fire of London in school.

School Visit – fire department?

Splendid Skies

Nature walks in different seasons – create photo albums and collect different things you can find in nature ready for the Topic in summer term

Skype with local weather person

Create own weather station.

 

Science

Everyday Materials

School walk – Exploring different materials and their properties.

Plants and Seasonal Changes

Trip – chn to take part in a local walk making observations of change, taking photographs and collecting different things that is relevant to the season.

 

Year 2

Topic

Beside the seaside

Trip – coast seaside

Explorers vs Pirates

 

Science

Everyday materials

School walk – Exploring all the different materials used and their properties.

Living things and their habitats

Forest school looking at micro-habitats.

 

Topic

England Vs Kenya

School visits – People of African background discussion culture and experiences.

Music opportunity – Children to learn how to play the African drums

 

Science

Animals including Humans

School Visit – A parent with children at different age groups e.g. a baby and a toddler. Chn get the opportunity for a Q&A.

Topic

Which form of transport changed our world the most?

Trip – Transport Museum

Trip – National Space Centre

 

Science

Plants

Forest school, planting flowers in the school grounds. Observations of plants, flowers and trees around the school.

 

 

Year 3

Topic

Stone Age

The History Squad – Stone Age to Iron Age workshop

 

 

Science

Rocks

Direct link to Topic

School Visit – Geologist to do a ‘rocks’ workshop

School Visit – First-hand experience of people who have been to Pompeii – share photographs. Mrs Cook, S Olden

Light

Topic

Cotswolds

Trip: Bourton on the Water – River Windrush

Flow

Trip – River studies Coombe Abbey

School Visit – Severn Trent Water Education

 

Science

Plants

Forest school, planting flowers in the school grounds. Observations of plants, flowers and trees around the school.

 

Topic

Rocks, Relics and Rumbles

School Visit – Geologist to do a ‘rocks’ workshop

School Visit – First-hand experience of people who have been to Pompeii – share photographs. Mrs Cook, S Olden

Ancient Egypt

The History Squad – Egyptians Workshop

 

Science

Forces and Magnets

Animals including humans

School visit – someone with different pets to come discuss needs.

Year 4

Topic

Can we thank the Greeks for anything in our lives?

The History Squad – The Greeks Workshop

Misty Mountains

Trip – Coombe Abbey River Study

Trip – to local rivers, River Avon, River Sherborne, River Sowe

 

Science

Electricity

Sound

Complete different experiments and different places in the school grounds.

Topic

Why was the Roman empire envied?

Trip – Lunt Fort

The History Squad – Romans Workshop

 

Science

Living things and their Habitats

Exploring the local environment, discussing how they can be damaging to living things. Compare this to deforestation.

States if Matter

School visit – Severn Trent Water – water cycle.

 

Topic

Eye on Europe

School visit –  discussion culture and experiences.

 

Was Medieval Baghdad more advanced than Medieval London?

Trip – Coventry City Centre Medieval Buildings e.g. Spon Street, Cathedral

 

Science

Animals including Humans

School visit – dentist or someone who works in a dental practice

Living things and their Habitats

Forest school – completing classification activities using micro-habitat.

Year 5

Topic

Why was there so much rivalry between the Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings?

The History Squad – Saxons and Vikings workshop.

 

Science

Animals including humans

Living things and their habitats.

School Visit – A range of people from different age groups. Chn get the opportunity for a Q&A.

Topic

Sow, Grow and Farm

Trip – Local Farm or Allotment

Trip – Local supermarkets (Farm to Fork).

School Visit – Local farmer

 

Science

Properties and changes of Materials

 

Earth and Space

Trip – National space centre.

School visit – Think Tank

 

Topic

How is the history of Britain reflected in our local area?

Trip – History walk Coventry City Centre

An Eye on the World – Africa

School visit –  discussion culture and experiences.

 

Science

Forces

 

Year 6

Topic

Which Elizabeth should win the award for ‘Best English Monarch’?

Afternoon tea and celebrations that would take place for celebrations for the Queen e.g. Jubilee

Castle visit – Learn about the queen’s ancestors and what it was like to live as a monarch. Compare and contrast

 

Science

Evolution and inheritance

Workshop – Fossils  

Living things and their habitats

Forest School – exploring and classifying the different flowers and plants that are found there. (create graphs).

Topic

Explorers

Trip – Dol-Y-Moch

Why was the Battle of Britain so much more than a Battle for Britain?

 

Science

Animals including humans

School Visit – personal trainer, dietician etc.

Light

Topic

Why has the meaning of the word criminal changed so much in Britain?

 

Science

Electricity

 

 

Sports

Children’s character and moral principles are formed through fair play. Moreover, children who are actively engaged in sports can be good role models for their peers from school and their communities. Playing sports enables them to create friendships they otherwise might not have formed. During the academic year, St Augustine’s celebrate sports. Children take part in Catholic Sports, football and netball tournaments, cross country and Year 4 pupils go swimming weekly.

Residential

Residential trips aid the personal development of pupils through taking a child away from home and embracing the world without their parents. Spending days and nights together creates enjoyment and life long memories that children cherish all the way into adulthood. During the academic year, children experience Alton Castle and Dol-y-Moch. Most recently Year 4 children got to take part in a one night ‘Flight Club’.

RE

As a Catholic school, there is an opportunity of enriching the RE curriculum with direct impact to the learning intentions. Classes should make the most out of visits the Church to bring to life aspects of their learning. Visits form priests, deacons and Sister Angela are also be encouraged.

To celebrate other faiths, children will attend different places of worship.