Residential Trips & Visits

Residential Trips & Visits

One of the highlights of being at St. Michael’s is the range of trips, first hand experiences and residentials that children have during their time with us.  As part of our engaging curriculum, children will be further immersed in the subject they are studying through either a trip or a theme based activity day in school.

First hand learning experiences

As part of our rich and diverse curriculum, we aim to engage the children through first hand experiences in school providing them with a real purpose for learning. Some recent examples include theme days in school for instance Greek and Polar Explorer days, a re-enactment of Egyptian mummification and a Mayan museum created by the children. In addition, to deepen children’s understanding, we regularly plan to go on visits related to our learning, such as recent trips to an abandoned village, the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford and a wet and windy visit to the coast. We regularly liaise with the nearby Ramsbury Estate, who provide us with a great base for outdoor learning. Recent examples include our project “From Field to Fork”, endangered animal conservation and even a mini-expedition!

Exciting and challenging outdoor activities

Another eagerly anticipated and exciting part of life at St Michael’s are the residential visits in Year 5 and 6. As well as having an amazing time and creating memories that will last a lifetime, we believe these trips play a vital role in equipping children for the next step in their lives and education. Our residential trips are planned in order to challenge children to become more independent, to be problem solvers, to build their resilience and develop a sense of belonging.

Recently Year 6 spend 5 unforgettable days at East Dene on the Isle of Wight, as well crossing the “ocean” to get there! They take part in a wide range of adventurous activities including surfing and bodyboarding, stand-up paddle boarding, tree climbing as well as developing their survival skills, which includes building fires and cooking their own food.

Each year, Year 5 travel to Braeside Education Centre, where they spend 3 days away from home building their self-confidence and independence. For many children, it is the first experience of being away from home without their parents for a few nights. They enjoy a beautiful walk through the Wiltshire countryside, kayaking and challenging themselves to climb the high ropes. No Braeside residential would be complete without a spooky night hike or songs around the campfire.

After an exhausting and exhilarating time away, everyone always returns to school with huge smiles and lots of fantastic memories to treasure.

The cost for these trips include transport, accommodation, food and all the activities. Payments are made via ParentPay in full or by installments.