At Kelvin Grove, we feel that educational visits are an essential element of good primary practice. Well planned and executed educational visits provide our pupils with valuable experiences which enhance their learning at school. Providing a variety of ‘real life’ opportunities for our children enables the achievement of fuller understanding of the world around them through direct experiences. Each educational visit is planned meticulously in accordance with school policy and takes into account the suitability of the activity for the number and age of the children, the responsibilities of staff and pupils and health and safety implications. Most teachers plan at least one visit each term. Parents and carers contribute to the funding of educational visits although no pupil is excluded from attending for non- payment. Some trips require no funding, are on foot and feature interests in the local area.
There are two long residential educational visits each year to Nethercott Farm in Devon for a party of 40 year 5 pupils accompanied by 5 members of staff. Pupils experience life on a working farm and learn about the relationship between man and nature, working as a member of a team and, most of all, about themselves often on their first trip away from home. For the past two years, year 6 children have travelled to Normany for 5 days to stay in a French chateau and experience French life.