We aim to begin all our new topics with a stimulus. This is usually a ‘wow’ stimulus/artefact in school, a visitor talking to the children in school or a visit out of school. A visit is a great way to stimulate interest in a new topic. It provides children with a real experience that they can then build upon in their learning back at school. We try to offer a variety of visits both in the local area and further afield as well as inviting visitors into school.
2016/17 visits are likely to be:
Foundation Stage- Visitors to school include a firefighter, community police officers, Reverend Stordy, veterinary nurse. Local visits to the shops, library and post box.
Y1- Visitors to school include birds of prey. Visits to Weston Park Museum, Ecclesfield Church and Wentworth Castle.
Y2- Visits include local walks to the park, library and Charlton Brook as well as visits further afield to Sundown Adventureland and of course the annual Mam Tor Challenge!
Y3- Visitors to school may include time-travelling historical figures from the past like the Ancient Greeks and Romans!! Visits to the local library and further afield to Weston Park Museum.
Y4- Visitors to the school include the Yorkshire Fire Service and Reverend Stordy. Local visits may be walks to the library and Chapeltown Park plus Chapeltown Baths who provide swimming lessons. Visits further afield include an overnight stay at The Deep. Visits may also involve going to a secondary school in the city or Sheffield Cathedral where we join other schools and take part in a singing festival. We also go to the Foundary Climbing Centre to do some very challenging activities.
Y5- Visitors in school include a Brazilian dance troupe. Visits further afield may include The National Space Centre in Leicester. Local visits include Chapeltown Library and Chapeltown Park.
Y6- Visitors in school include community police officers, staff from the local secondary school, Reverend Stordy and volunteers from St Johns Church, South Yorkshire Transport and local people to give a talk about historical facts. Local visits are to the Centre of Chapeltown to carry out surveys also Ecclesfield Secondary for taster sessions involving Maths and English plus other subjects. Visits further afield may include Crucial Crew and Whitby along with a residential visit for 3 days to Robinwood Activity Centre.
Legally, as a school, we have to ask for a ‘voluntary contribution’ as we cannot exclude a child from a visit if their parents are unable to pay. However, please be aware that if we do not receive the majority of the contributions a visit cannot go ahead as school has not got the necessary funds to fund all visits.
The visits school organise are carefully chosen to enrich the learning experiences children have at school. The main cost for school visits is the transport, and as a school we try to keep this to a minimum as much as possible. We value your support in contributing to funding these trips, creating life long memories for your children.