School trips are a powerful and positive teaching tool that help enhance the social, personal and emotional development of all learners. Experience of new environments is beneficial to all pupils and can help teach them life skills and improve independence. Learning outside the classroom adds value to each individual’s academic and personal development and provides opportunities for kinaesthetic learning i.e. ‘learning by doing’.
All classes at The Russell School participate in at least two educational trips during each academic year, building upon learning across all areas of the curriculum.
Recent visits have included Chiltern Open Air Museum, Welwyn Roman Baths, Berkhamsted Castle and various theatre trips.
Our pupils also have opportunities to visit other local primary schools to collaborate in shared workshops to explore British Values and democracy.
Pupils take part in a one night residential to the local Shortenills Environmental Centre to enrich their class based learning of habitats with outdoor experiences. Throughout the residential, children are inspired and motivated to consider changes to the natural world to make a better future for all.
A three night residential trip to Ufton Court, in Berkshire immerses our Year 5 pupils in living history. During their stay in the Tudor Manor House, children use artefacts and drama to bring Tudor times to life and learn about the lives of those working in a manor house.
In their last year at The Russell, the Year 6 pupils participate in a week long residential to Marchant's Hill, PGL to develop their resilience and confidence to approach experiences which are outside of their usual routine. Children undertake a wide range of physical activities such as abseiling, zip wires, low ropes courses, challenge courses and trapezes as well as learning skills such as archery.