In the Prep Department we enjoy a range of experiences onsite and offsite facilitated by excellent providers.
In Year 3, during the Autumn Term, the children enjoy a day as Celts in a recreated Celtic settlement at Celtic Harmony Camp, learning about life in the late bronze age and iron age by living it as the Celts did. The Romans visit the department in the Spring Term and the children’s learning is enhanced through exciting roleplay, artefacts and creative activities. In the Summer, Year 3 benefit from a change of scenery with visits to Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Zoological Society of London, Whipsnade. Enhancing the children’s learning in a host of areas, not least Science.
Children in Year 4 visit the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust’s London Wetland Centre in the Autumn: exploring a Site of Special Scientific Interest based around four disused Victorian reservoirs and building on their trips at the end of Year 3. Later that term, the children are taught about a whole range of risks and how to avoid accidents at The Safety Centre, Hazard Alley. Vital as part of their learning and development and supporting our PSHE curriculum. The Spring Term sees Year 4 experiencing seven centuries of art at the National Gallery, Trafalgar Square. Reddiford pupils study a different artist each term throughout the Prep department and this trip gives them new insights and an opportunity to experience the artworks in a more tangible way than in the classroom. In the Summer Term the children enjoy roleplay at KidZania, London during our Activity Week.
Year 5 is a very busy year for our pupils but they still find time to stretch their legs, and minds, with some exciting offsite experiences. In the Spring Term, Year 5 children visit Gunnersbury Park and Museum. A grade II listed heritage park which celebrates London’s rich multi-cultural and multi-faith history and provides versatile learning opportunities for our pupils. The unique setting of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre brings the children a real connection to their drama and to Shakespeare’s characters when we visit in the Summer Term. This is followed by a bushcraft day during Activity Week where the children can enjoy a range of team-building and character-building activities.
Year 6 enhance their World War II topic with a visit to Bletchley Park. The fascinating history of the park through the war, its vital role and an actual second world war Enigma machine inspire the children’s learning about this key period of history. In the Summer Term, a host of visitors come in to work with the children on a range of topics. They have a workshop on E-Safety, Transport for London visit and help the children to prepare for safe travel around London as they grow more independent and they also have a Money Matters workshop to support them with financial awareness and budgeting.
All of their trips, visits and experiences build up to the Year 6 PGL experience. Accompanied by our experienced staff and lead by the PGL experts this is a one week residential trip where they learn vital personal and team skills. They will make memories during their PGL week that will last a life time, with friends that may well do so as well.