Learning is not limited to the classroom and we take our children out of school as much as we can to extend and enrich their learning experience. Our parents have told us that they value educational visits for their children and we try to take each class on at least one out-of-school visit each term to enhance their classroom topics. We are lucky enough to be surrounded by a wealth of locations and attractions from which to choose; recent visits have included Pendennis Castle, Geevor Tin Mine and the Maritime Museum as well as Marazion Marsh and local beaches. We also aim to give the children a Christmas treat each year, normally with a visit to the cinema. The School tries to meet as much of the cost of all these trips and activities as possible and our Christmas treat is heavily subsidized by our Parents’ Fundraising group. However, we do ask parents to contribute towards the cost of some school trips, although no child is ever excluded if parents are unable to pay.
We also offer residential visits for children in Years 2 to 6, gradually increasing their experience of life away from school and home to build their self-confidence and independence. Year 2 pupils spend an extended day at Camp Kernow, an education centre near Truro, learning first-hand about sustainable living. They then pay further visits in Years 3 and 4, staying overnight. Both experiences include den building, campfire cooking and foraging. Our oldest pupils in Years 5 and 6 have the chance of a longer residential and we alternate between a city experience and an outdoor activity centre. In recent years, we have made several visits to London with an action-packed 3 days taking in as many sites as we can, including a tour and workshop in the Houses of Parliament. We have alternated this with 5 days at Adventure Okehampton in Devon, where the children experience rock climbing, canoeing, moorland exploration and other outdoor pursuits.