At Holland Junior School we believe in offering our pupils as many opportunities outside of learning in the classroom as we possibly can. Many, but not all, of our pupils belong to clubs and local organisations through which they may be able to experience a range of alternative sports and events - we aim to provide all pupils the option to enjoy residential trips with their friends.
We have reviewed our residential trips offering and this year we are trialing new initiatives in each year group. We have designed these trips with a skills and opportunities progression in mind which we feel will benefit all pupils over the four years they spend in our school.
Our Year 3 pupils will be invited to a sleepover based in school. For many pupils this may be their first opportunity to spend a night in a familiar venue other than their home. Besides beginning to learn some independent skills such as packing their overnight bags and being responsible for their belongings, pupils will experience a day of team building activities in our Forest School, will help to cook their evening meal and watch a film with their friends before getting to sleep.
This year we are partnering with Wildchild Adventures to offer our Year 4 pupils a one night/two day adventure stay in glamping pods situated in Cobham, Surrey. You can find details of Wildchild here https://www.wildchildadventure.com/
On this trip the children will be able to transfer the skills they have learnt at our Forest School to a new environment and experience, wild survivor bushcraft, team building games, camp games, evening activities and camp fire, cratestacking and abseiling. Pupils will experience staying overnight in a small village environment under cover in new, heated glamping pods.
In Year 5 pupils will have an opportunity to experience a three-day Winter Explorers residential at Bowles Rocks, Tunbridge Wells. This program will include climbing/scrambling, skiing and kayaking in a heated swimming pool - all sports we struggle to offer in our normal school environment. During the evening teachers will run sessions including discos, films and a talent show. Meals are home cooked and hearty and children and staff also get a well deserved hot chocolate at the end of the day. Children stay in dorms in chalet-style buildings with our staff on hand close by.
Although the weather is colder this time of year, all these sessions are highly active so the groups stay warm. The centre has fluffy caving suits and full water proofs to keep people warm. You can find out more about this provider and the Bowles centre here https://bowles.rocks/schools-and-colleges/winter-explorer/
As children adapt to the challenges brought about by SATS and Secondary school preparation, an off-site outdoor adventure can be an outdoor education opportunity to build on the skills they need to help them thrive and excel as they move forward to the next stage of their education. We believe it is also the perfect way to celebrate and simply have fun with their peers before going their separate ways in Year 7.
We have chosen for our pupils to experience two nights under canvas in a tented village of bell tents in which children will have real beds - yes, real bunk beds! We have partnered with Wildchild Adventures who offer this experience through their site in Hertfordshire. You can find out more about Wildchild Adventures here https://www.wildchildadventure.com/school-residential-trip-locations/
This adventure programme has been chosen with our key learning objectives in mind. Activities are designed to:
- Develop team-building skills
- Forge stronger relationships with peers
- Build independence and encourage perseverence
- Give pupils the opportunity to challenge themselves and try something new
- Build resilience and determination
- Encourage cooperation and communication
- Fit in with school topics to enhance classroom learning
- Provide a few days of fun and enjoyment as a reward for pupils’ hard work at school, and a celebration of their time at Primary School
We will be asking our pupils to vote for the sports activities they would most like to experience whilst on this residential trip and will include the most popular ones.
Costs of these trips will be communicated to parents early in the Autumn Term. We will endeavour to ensure no child is disadvantaged in their ability to attend a residential due to a family's financial circumstances and in cases where parents are unable to meet the cost of a trip we are happy to discuss this further on a needs-led basis.