Educational visits help to bring ‘education to life’ and are part of a broad and balanced curriculum, which can have a lasting benefit on the whole learning and development of the children involved.
We believe that every young person, ‘should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances’ (Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto 2006).
At Holme On Spalding Moor, we recognise the value and importance of learning outside the classroom and encourage staff to organise educational visits and to utilise our outside areas to enrich the curriculum and enhance the learning and development of our children.
All visits are organised within the guidelines of our Educational Visits policy and through the online ROVER (Record of Visits in the East Riding) system and are fully costed and risk assessed. Visits are then approved by the Headteacher and the Educational Visits Co-ordinator.
During the academic year 2015-16, visit highlights included:
Year 5 / 6 Visit to Thwaite Mills, Leeds - Roman studies.
Year 3 / 4 Visit to Hands on History Museum, Hull - Ancient Egyptian studies.
FS2 and Year 1 - Burnby Hall, Pocklington - Additional Science studies.
Year 1 (Class 3) - Playdale Farm , Cayton - Additional Science studies.
FS1/FS2 / KS1 - Visits to the Methodist Church in the village for Christmas and Easter activities.
School Choir - Visit to Sue Ryder Care Home in the village to sing to the residents at Christmas.
Children across the school also had experiences of outside agencies using the school grounds to take part in a range of sports coaching activities, Scooter Training, Pedestrian Training and Cycle Training and a major highlight was the return visit of the Ecolabs Animal visit where all children got the chance to learn about and handle a range of small, and somewhat exotic animals!
Year 5 and 6 children also took part in an exciting days activities led by Taff Bowles, the East Riding Educational Visits and Outdoor Learning Consultant. They experienced the outdoor life, lighting fires, teamwork tasks etc.
Holme On Spalding Moor has a long tradition of providing residential visits for its pupils. and thousands of children will have left the school with wonderful memories of these visits that will last them a lifetime.
In previous years children in Key Stage 2 have taken part in visits to a variety of locations, including Wales, Northumberland, Cumbria, The Yorkshire Coast and Haworth. For many years an additional trip was organised to Germany!
All visits are organised using the same system as for Curriculum Visits, but with the added features of being submitted to Taff Bowles, the East Riding Educational Visits and Outdoor Learning Consultant, who considers the visit before giving approval,The visit is also approved by the Chair of Governors for the school.
This years visits are currently being planned to:
Borrowdale, Cumbria for Year 6 children
(22nd - 26th May 2017)
Activities to include:
RSPB Centre, Whinlatter Forest (adventure activities in the forest), Glamarama Activity Centre (Rock Climbing and Ghyll scrambling, Holker Hall (19th Century Country Manor House) Thorp Perrow (Birds of Prey and Mammal Centre)
Boggle Hole, near Robin Hood's Bay for Year 4 children
(12th - 14th July 2017)
Activities to include:
Sealife Centre, Scarborough (hands-on activities with creatures in and around the sea), Beach activities led by the experienced Youth Hostel staff, Open-top bus tour of Scarborough, Scarborough Castle, visit to Robin Hood's Bay.
Full details and documents will be provided for parents of children in these two year groups early in the Spring Term.