Learning is much more than just what goes on inside the classroom, which is why we have an extensive programme to enrich the experiences for the boys. We provide many opportunities for visitors to come to the School to provide workshops to enhance learning in a good number of curriculum areas, such as History and Science. Where these opportunities link with the curriculum at the Girls' Prep School, we endeavour to bring the boys and girls together to extend the learning experiences further. In addition, the boys undertake trips to theatres, museums, art galleries, environment centres and National Trust properties. These visits are carefully planned and provide opportunities to consolidate learning, link learning to real life or extend thinking.
One aspect of learning that has proven greatly beneficial to the boys has been 'Learning Outside the Classroom'. This takes many guises, from the weekly sessions that the boys in Reception and Year 1 experience at our outdoor space at Hinchley Wood, where they explore the woodland environment, to working out the area and perimeter of the complex shape of the boys' playground as part of their Maths learning in Year 5. More recently, the boys have also partnered with girls in Year 9 from the Design Technology department in the Senior School. This collaborative project has provided rich dialogues between the two age groups in designing and making sustainable items, to populate the outdoor learning space in the wood for the boys' continued learning experiences.
We have a progressive and varied residential programme that begins in Year 3 with an overnight stay at Juniper Hall, where the boys take part in a number of interesting environmental studies, such as humane trapping of animals to study. In Year 4, the boys undertake a two-night visit to Little Canada in the Isle of Wight. This experience provides the boys with a good number of team-building and adventurous activities that enable them to test out their skills in communication, teamwork, resilience and overcoming fear. In Year 5, the boys go a little further to Northern France, where they have the opportunity to practise their French, visit a snail farm and try diabolos, amongst other exciting activities. The boys' final residential experience happens in Year 6 when their survival skills are entirely put to the test as they undertake a week of Bushcraft! They learn to be entirely self-sufficient from preparing their tents, to building fires and preparing and cooking food for meals. They also have the opportunity to experience outward bound activities, such as lake swimming, building shelters and using tracking skills.