One of the highlights of being at St. Michael’s is the range of trips, first hand experiences and residentials that children have during their time with us.
As part of our engaging topic based approach to the curriculum, we like to immerse the children in the subject they are studying through either a trip or a theme based activity day in school.
Our Egyptian topic
During our Egyptian topic, we held an Egyptian day which involved painting like Egyptians, learning hieroglyphs and dressing up to learn about life in the past. We even held a full embalming session for one of our (not so dead) teachers! Key stage 1 have visited the Pitt Rivers museum where they learnt about light through the use of shadow puppets and investigated the creatures that lived millions of years ago.
We are always looking for ways to enhance childrens’ learning. We now visit a local wood regularly, engaging in sensory trails, collecting data and learning about different habitats.
Exciting and challenging outdoor activities
In addition, children in years 5 and 6 have action-packed trips to Braeside and Oxenwood where they take part in a range of exciting and challenging outdoor activities including off-road mountain biking, climbing and abseiling as well as archery and survival skills, where children learn to live off the land.
Furthermore, children and teachers overcome their fears by tackling a high-ropes course before pushing themselves to the limit on the famous leap of faith! Another much-loved activity is kayaking which often results in some children and teachers getting rather wet! During the evenings there are a range of fun-filled activities including orienteering, nightline – a trail into the depths of the forest – and night walk, always a particular favourite where ghost stories are told and a trip down spooky alley awaits!
After an exhausting few days everyone returns to school with huge smiles and lots of fantastic memories to treasure!