Educational trips and visits are an exciting aspect of school life and eagerly looked forward to by staff and pupils alike. They allow the pupils learning to be enriched, as well as provide opportunities to visit places and try things that they would not normally do. At Fairlands Middle School we believe that every young person should experience the world beyond the classroom as an essential part of learning and personal development, whatever their age, ability or circumstances.
These, often the most memorable learning experiences, help us to make sense of the world around us by making links between feelings and learning. They stay with us into adulthood and affect our behaviour, lifestyle and work. They influence our values and the decisions we make. They allow us to transfer learning experienced outside to the classroom and vice versa.
Fairlands Middle School is committed to providing these additional opportunities to enrich the learning of our pupils. These trips and visits enhance the educational experience and may take the form of a single day visit linking to a curriculum area, or may also be in the form of a residential experience.
Learning outside the classroom is about raising achievement through an organised, powerful approach to learning in which direct experience is of prime importance. This is not only about what we learn but importantly how and where we learn.
These experiences can take place in a huge number of differing settings such as the school grounds; local nature reserves and wild places; city farms and parks; streetscapes; field study centres; farms and the countryside; remote wild and adventurous places; heritage and cultural sites; zoos and botanic gardens; places of worship; museums, theatres, galleries and music venues; and on cultural, language and fieldwork visits abroad.