Learning at Dame B’s doesn't just take place in the classroom. Across Pre-Prep and Prep, we take every opportunity to get out and about to expand our horizons.
We use day trips to introduce new experiences, that both educate and amuse, as well as building social skills and supporting emotional development.
In Pre-Prep, trips might include:
Audley End Miniture Railway - Kindergaten
Just before Christmas, we travel on Santa's train with parents, carers and siblings - to meet the big man himself! En route, we learn about heritage, engineering – and share the seasonal stories that bind us together.
Rowley Hill Farm, Little Walden - Reception
Every week, our Reception children visit Rowley Hill, just a few miles from our site. We go in all weathers and love every minute. Activities include setting up a camp, building a house for the Three Little Pigs, finding out how binoculars work, testing their strength and learning to use a saw safely.
Boydells Dairy Farm
In summer, Boydells Farm is a firm favourite. Here we meet sheep who are the stars of the show at milking time. Families are invited to join us on these special days out.
Years 1 and 2
We also run regular escorted trips to Saffron Walden, walking boldly in high-viz jackets, or taking the bus. Visits to the supermarket helps to develop maths skills, whilst other trips explore our local community, including a visit to Saffron Walden’s museum.
On every trip, our boys and girls soak up ideas and learn new skills, from staying safe outdoors, to teamwork and communicating what they’ve learnt.
In Snowdonia, U-shaped valleys transform from diagrams in to an awe-inspiring reality. The Tudors cease being storybook picture at Kentwell Manor, where pupils can dress, cook, eat and work in the period.
At the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, scientists share their passion – and the secret life of viruses. Whilst in the National Gallery and the National Portrait Gallery, we investigate key figures from the curriculum as well as style, form and materials.
We place great value on trips and visits to complement the learning our pupils do in and around the school site, and we strive to ensure that we regularly review our provision so that it integrates meaningfully into the pupils' learning.
There are plenty of places to learn located in a few miles of Dame B’s.
Saffron Walden itself boasts an excellent museum and art gallery, as well as Bridge End Garden and a locality full of history. We collaborate frequently with Rosedale House, our sister school in Cambridge, either at Dame B's or in Cambridge itself, using the rich resources of the city to further excite and stimulate learning and discovery.
Our pupils visit London, be it for theatre trips, the National Gallery, the Houses of Parliament or Westminster Abbey, to name a few; and venture to a variety of other sites of historical, religious or other cultural interest too.
Self-confidence, social skills and the sense of triumph from mastering a physical challenge come together with learning on our three major residential trips.
Bushcraft - Year 4
We spend 2 nights, 3 days at the Bushcraft centre in deepest Kent honing our outdoor skills and complementing our focus on outdoor learning.
Manor Adventure - Year 5
Manor Adventure in St Issey, Cornwall offers opportunities to learn about various geographical processes including coastal erosion and defence.
Pupils also experience a range of outdoor adventure activities covering our key learning habits, in a fun-filled week of new experiences.
Snowdon - Year 6
We’ve been taking pupils to Snowdon since 2006. We always try to reach the summit (usually successfully). We learn about physical geography, as well as exploring the natural environment by rock climbing, gorge scrambling and mountain walking.
Ski Trip - February half term
We join pupils from the Stephen Perse Junior School for a bi-annual ski trip.
French or Spanish Trip - October half term
Pupils enjoy a four-day trip to Northern France or Spain. It's a great opportunity to practise language skills and to enjoy the culture and atmosphere of the country.