Trips, Visits & Experiences
During the year we aim to take the children on at least one visit associated with the topic being studied in class. You will receive curriculum information at the start of the year in order that you can plan your own linked visits should you wish to do so. We also receive a wide variety of educational visitors, including sports specialists, authors, museum curators and a number of others who are specialists in their fields. These activities form a valuable part of the children's learning and development, but we do depend on the financial support of parents to be able to continue organizing them. However, no child will be excluded where there is a case of genuine financial need.
At Echelford we are committed to enriching the curriculum and providing our children with a range of exciting opportunities and experiences. In the summer term of Year 4 the children take part in a 3-day (2 night) camping residential in Oxfordshire. This is an outdoor-based residential where the children take part in a range of activities from animal tracking and shelter-building to making sculptures using resources found in the forest. In Year 5 the children go on a week's residential in Bowles Rocks Education Centre. At Bowles the children take part in a range of adventurous outdoor activities such as rock climbing, raft building, low ropes traversing and team building exercises. Finally in Year 6, to complement our French curriculum, the children go on a week's residential to northern France. During their time away, they visit a local market, a bakery and a chocolatier where they have numerous opportunities to practise their French. In support of the WWII strand of their History curriculum, the children visit La Coupole Museum where they gain insight into soldiers' experiences in World War II.
“The week before half term, year 6 enjoyed a week in France! We learnt a lot of interesting things about France and we were told many fascinating stories about Rue (the small town near which we were staying). We stayed at le Chateau du Broutel, which was set in beautiful surroundings. Despite being away from our families, we all think that it was an unforgettable experience. It was an incredible time that we all are very grateful for." Written by a Year 6 student.
We ask that parents support us in this exciting residential-experience element of our curriculum. No child would ever be excluded in cases of genuine financial hardship and we would endeavour to ensure that every member of the class took part in the residential trips as we believe they are such an important aspect of our provision at Echelford.
Clubs and Curriculum Environment
We have an exciting range of before, after-school & lunchtime clubs including football, cheerleading, dance, ICT, choir, craft, cooking, summer sports, golf and many more! The clubs are taken by teachers, teaching assistants as well as outside specialists. There is a balance of fee-paying and free clubs and we work hard to ensure that all children have equality of access and opportunity in terms of this element of extra-curricular provision. Information about each term's clubs are sent to parents in the weekly newsletter at the beginning of each term.