“I loved having hot chocolate around the fire. It was really yummy.” Felix, Reception
We recognise that learning is happening all the time and is not just confined to the classroom. Our day and residential trips form part of our ethos to educate the whole child. The trips enable all boys to develop their skills and experience applying their knowledge to new situations outside of the classroom. They form an important part of the education offered at Solefield School and are an integral part of the curriculum.
Day trips start from Reception and continue through to Year 8. They are fun and stimulating and serve to augment the boys’ learning. Residential trips start in Year 5, and as well as being educational, they present the boys with a wonderful opportunity to develop a measure of independence. Often, for many of the boys, this will be their first taste of being away from home. Nurturing a sense of independence is a key part of delivering a rounded education.
- Year 5 attend a four-day adventure trip at Phasels Wood Activity Centre in Hertfordshire. Activities include a combination of outdoor adventure and survival bush craft skills sessions, giving children a varied itinerary of fun and adventurous activities that will help them learn new skills and build on their confidence, independence and resilience.
- Year 6 go on a four-day trip to Barton Hall in Torquay, Cornwall. The trip offers lots of fun activities such as climbing, quad biking, dry slope skiing and more; it is an enjoyable and active trip.
- For Year 7, they go on an exciting Geography and Science Field Trip to North Wales. This involves a river study, where boys collect and record data, together with plenty of fun, including beach football!
- The Year 8 boys go on a five-day residential trip to the Isle of Wight, staying at the Island Riding Centre. The itinerary includes theme parks, go karting and aqua parks, along with plenty of down time for the boys to enjoy their last few days of Solefield together.
The day trips are rich and varied and appropriate to the age of the child. A recent highlight has been an invitation to visit 10 Downing Street after pupils wrote and sent the Prime Minister an alternative election manifesto. We are very fortunate to have a wealth of places on our doorstep, such as Gravesend Gurdwara, the largest in Europe and London is easily accessible for theatre and gallery trips. Closer to home, trips to Bodiam Castle, Hever Castle and Knole House enrich the boys’ knowledge and understanding of history.
Sometimes boys just need to let off steam and for our boys in the senior school, the annual choir and orchestra trip to Chessington World of Adventure is an absolute highlight.