Do the children go on educational visits?
Children learn most effectively from first-hand experience – for example, it is better to visit a farm rather than simply reading about it in a book. During each year there will be opportunities for such visits. All visits will be part of your child’s educational experience and will involve preparation and follow-up work. We offer a residential visit to Year 4 (Stubbington Study Centre) and Year 6 pupils (Osmington Bay). In Year 2 we do an overnight stay at Fairthorne Manor, near Botley.
See the article below from one of our community governors who spent a day with the Year 2's at Fairthorne in 2013...
Friday 7th June 2013
It wasn’t looking very good, dark skies with frequent heavy downpours! A complete contrast to the glorious sunshine that had started the week.
After arriving at Fairthorne and helping to unload children and bags from the coach into the main hall, we were whisked off for a tour of the grounds before a few games and lunch. The skies were now becoming clearer the black clouds retreating, and the sun giving a clear indication of how the day was going to be from now on.
Lunch over, children were put into their teams and we headed off to our first activity, which for my group was canoeing on the lake. Once we were all kitted out, paddle training complete and safety brief given, our team of eight were first to launch, although we didn’t stay in the lead for long as we started to go round in circles! The natural leaders in the group were soon organising the rest of the crew, which resulted with us now heading in the right direction and picking up speed. ‘’Hello boat No 2’’ the children shouted as we passed them, now surging through the water like a galleon of war! Great fun! For most of the children this was their first ever experience in a canoe and now the initial uncertainty had faded into a chorus of ‘’row, row, row the boat’’.
Our next event was Archery which was inside the sports hall. The children were split into teams and after a practice round their confidence began to grow creating a slight hint of competiveness amongst them. Once we had finished our last game we moved back to the main hall to collect our luggage. Loaded up (some looked like they had come for a week, not just one night), we headed over to the block and the organised chaos that is ‘the unpacking event’ began including making beds, playing, sun cream, mosquito repellent, wet socks, wet sleeping bags, medicine, questions, answers, missing things, more playing, singing and dancing.
Once order had been restored and a delicious supper consumed, we changed into camp fire gear, long trousers and sleeves and the smell of mosquito repellent in the air.
By this point, Mr Harcombe had arrived with his guitar and we all went to the outside auditorium, fire ablaze and the YMCA staff in full flight enjoying some really great songs supported tremendously by both staff and children.
The evening drew to a close and while the children were enjoying their hot chocolate, it was time for me to go. I said my farewell to the staff and thanked them all for what had been a wonderful day. As I turned to go the children’s new favourite song filled the air culminating in 50 hands pointing at me singing ‘’how do you do your bungalow’’, and I disappeared into the distance with ’’my hands are high my hands are low and now it’s time for me to go’’.
My drive home, supported by yawns, left me with a great deal of satisfaction from the whole day.
I cannot conclude without a mention to the staff. To see, first hand, their dedication, continuous and unrelenting support for the children has to surely be the underpinning reason why Redlands School is a great place for your children to be and one which only helps justify the reason why I want to be involved with Redlands too!
Would I do it again? Where do I sign up...
Steve Higgins, Community Governor
To see pictures from any of our residential trips please see the notice boards outside the school hall.