Where possible the school tries to take all year groups to the theatre. Lower School go to a pantomime in Oxford, Middle School have watched performances of ‘Awful Auntie’ and ‘Tom Gates Live’ in Swindon, Year 7 saw ‘Annie’ in Bristol and Year 8 saw ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘School of Rock’ whilst on a London trip.
There is also an extensive program of visiting speakers. Recent topics have included talks from adventurers and explorers, overcoming disability, the environment, and the solar system. The advance in technology has meant that we are now able to talk virtually as well, typified by a recent adventure talk delivered from Northern Iraq!
The information below will help to give you a sense of the types of trips and workshops the children have experienced in recent years; however, the programme is continually being evolved and changed to best support the children’s learning and overall experience of different topics.
In Year 3 there are workshops on the Egyptians and visits to an aquarium and a Roman ruin.
In Year 4 there are workshops on the Mayans and African drumming, as well as a visit to the Living Rainforest, and Ufton Court where they experience life as a Viking.
In Year 5 we explore different faiths in TPE and, therefore, visit both a synagogue and a mosque. Geography takes us to the River Thames and to a local farm. History will take us to Windsor Castle, and Science to an interactive centre in Bristol. We also visit the Holburne Art Gallery in Bath.
In Year 6, studying the Tudors sees us visit Harvington Hall. Recently, the children travelled to Birmingham to see an orchestra play in Symphony Hall and then to Thinktank to experience the planetarium. In Geography, we go to Weston-super-Mare to study the impact of tourism.
In Year 7 the children visit the Jaguar factory in Solihull and HMS Victory in Portsmouth. We have a walking tour of Stratford-upon-Avon and have visited the RSC to see ‘The Boy in the Dress’.
In Year 8 the main event is the two day Humanities trip to London. We visit RAF Hendon or the National Archive, the Olympic Park, St Paul’s Cathedral, and a West End Show.