Trips and Residentials

Trips

All of the boys at The Falcons School for Boys take advantage of the opportunities that the capital affords us, with regular trips to museums, galleries, aquariums, farms and theatres. We also regularly visit Richmond Park for our Forest School sessions. The trips are related to the topics the boys learn throughout the year

Residentials

In the summer term all of the boys from Year 2 upwards go away on residential trips staying at activity centres or places catering for curriculum based activities.

These trips are always exhilarating and lots of fun for the boys. They help to further develop the boys’ independence, experience and working within a team.

Please click on the links below for further descriptions of some of the trips and residentials our boys attend.

Nursery

Fire Station Visit

We visit the local Fire station which links in with our topic ‘People who helps us’. The children always have great fun learning about fire safety, as they get to sit in the fire engine and try out the hose!  They also get to look at all the equipment that the fire engine carries! Children are always mesmerized when they see the flashing lights and hear the sirens!  Some of the children might even get to use a hose to knock a bucket off a cone, while others try on the firefighter’s equipment including wellies, leggings, coat and helmet. This always results in having some budding firefighters in the Nursery!

Farm Visit

Another end of year trip that the Nursery takes is to a Farm as Playing, learning and exploring on a farm is a fantastic experience.  The children experience and have fun learning about outdoor activities, nature, wildlife, and the countryside in a safe environment with a relaxed atmosphere. The Farm visit is very diverse as different types of learning experiences for children and young people can be met. Children enjoy goat milking sessions, tractor and trailer rides as they see lots of animals on the way and of course their ultimate favourite pig racing! All this links in with the Curriculum for Excellence, including: outdoor learning, health and wellbeing, UTW, computing, EA&D, languages, mathematics, and PSHE as it helps children and young people develop knowledge, skills and attributes to flourish in life, learning and work now and in the future.

Reception

The Reception boys go on three main trips every year and numerous small local visits as appropriate to the interests of the moment.  These small trips occur within the school day and are always within walking distance of the school.

In the Autumn term the boys go to the Polka Theatre in Wimbledon, a specialist theatre for children, to see a production designed for the age group. In 2015 the boys saw a production of an Anthony Browne story about a girl who has a visit from a polar bear, in 2013 they saw an outstanding production of Anthony Browne’s ambiguous story “Gorilla”.

The Spring term trip is a visit to the Natural History Museum to find out about dinosaurs and to see a small puppet play about growth and development.

The Summer term trip is a visit to Kew Gardens to explore plants, growth and development and life cycles more thoroughly. This is a wonderful open air trip exploring the bug trails, badger setts and wealth of plant materials available.

In addition there are numerous small trips through the year.  Reception have done some Forest School type trips in the local park in Harvard Hill, they have gone to St Michael’s Elmwood Road to find out about Easter, they have been to the Vicarage Garden at St Paul’s to complete a bug hunt and they have been to Chiswick Business Park to look at their composting and recycling activities and their bee hives.

Year 1

Each term the Year 1 boys enjoy exciting field trips related around our topic of the term.

In the Autumn term, we visit the Chiltern Open Air Museum to enhance our history topic, ‘Homes of the Past’. The boys not only get to walk inside genuine homes of the past, but they also take part in hands on workshops that bring history to life. They learn about cooking before electricity and make griddle scones on an open fire, non-electric source of light are explored before making their own beeswax candle to take home and they even get to walk inside an iron-age house.

In the Spring term, Year 1 goes on an undersea adventure at the London Aquarium. During this term, we study ‘Continents and Oceans of the World’ in geography. The boys are ecstatic as they are able to see what types of animals live in different oceans around the world. They even get to take part in a ray feeding and get to touch a starfish.

In the Summer term, we go on a culminating trip to Chiswick House that relates to a variety of topics from the year: Our Local Area (geography), Homes of the Past (history) and Plants (science). It is always a pleasant trip visiting such a fantastic landmark that is right on our doorstep. The boys spot wildlife, discuss the different types of plants in the gardens and compare what Chiswick House to modern homes.

Year 2

Year 2 enjoy three wonderful trips over the year including an exciting one night residential in Pulborough, West Sussex.

First, the trip to the Roald Dahl museum in Aylesbury has always been a magical experience. The boys have the opportunity to immerse themselves in Roald Dahl’s life experiences through stories, play and drama.

In the spring term the RAF Hendon trip offers an engaging and inspiring environment for the boys’ work on World War II. The workshop, air raid experience and dressing up all help develop the boys’ interest and understanding of the topic.

In the summer term we have the fantastic adventure to Lodge Hill. It is a magnificent and memorable trip. The boys spend most of their time outside participating in team building exercises, archery, zip wires and an amazing camp fire sing along! Fun is had by all.

All the trips involve the boys developing their social skills and knowledge in a fun and educational environment.

Year 3

In Year 3 pupils visit Kingswood in Staffordshire. The site is purpose-built for residential school visits and overlooks the picturesque beauty of the Wrekin and Clee Hills. The boys take part in many exciting activities which include; craft building, canoeing, climbing and the zip wire. During the trip pupils have a unique opportunity to try new things and to develop their team building skills. For some of the boys it also their first experience of spending some time away from home. As a result, the boys learn to increase their independence skills in a safe and caring environment. It is a highly rewarding experience, full of; fun, enjoyment and learning.

Year 4

The Year 4 residential trip is a fantastic opportunity for the boys to discover, explore and understand the environment around us, building confidence and having fun through team building games and activities. Run by the Field Studies Council, the action packed week will involve a wide range of outdoor environmental activities including fresh water river studies, shelter building, setting mammal traps and map reading.

In the evening, boys partake in a wide range of exciting activities and games including Mini Olympics and Wild Art, while also having free time to relax with friends in the student common room after an eventful day in the field. The trip provides a perfect blend of learning and fun, allowing children to appreciate nature at its finest, deepen understanding and broaden horizons.

Year 5

The week spent at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy is an action-packed trip that the boys look forward to all year. Five days and four nights spent honing the boys sailing and water sports skills with activities that include kayaking, wind-surfing, paddle-boarding and keel-boating.

Not only do the boys spend time out on the water but they also develop their teamwork through evening activities and team building games. Under the tremendous supervision of UKSA group leaders, the boys are given exposure to all sorts of excitement that they haven’t experienced before. Many boys take up sailing after they return which is testament to the fantastic time they have on this trip.

Year 6

The Year 6 French trip to La Grand Ferme, Normandy has the boys brushing up on their speaking and spending the week soaking up the culture that the French have to offer. The boys are treated to visits to markets to practise their conversational French, as well as a trip to the legendary Bayeux Tapestry. The trip culminates with a morning spent combining French with History as we head over to the D-Day beaches. Evening activities further immerse the boys with films and French sport activities.

Year 7

 In Year 7 the boys attend a trip to Slapton in Devon to undertake research and findings in preparation for their Common Entrance Geography course work. The information found on the trip feeds directly into the coursework and prepares them for the skills needed to complete the Geography CE in Year 8.  As well as being an educational trip, it is an excellent ‘first step’ in upper school independence and it is a chance for the boys to get to know each other properly and use teamwork to solve problems and enjoy some of the most beautiful British south-coast views and walks.

Year 8

The Year 8 residential trip is a celebration of the boys completing their Preparatory school education and a last chance to spend time with their friends before they make a move to their senior school. The trip is a fun-packed activity week run by the company PGL and previous trips have been to Osmington Bay in Weymouth and Boreatton Park in Shropshire.  During the trip the boys’ limits are tested as they cavort freely across the acres of PGL land, swinging on trapezes, climbing dizzy heights and zooming through the air on zip wires. The Year 8 boys get the opportunity to spend precious time with their best friends and form teachers as they say one last final farewell to their much loved school.