Visits and First Hand Experiences
Visits and first hand experiences
At Victoria Primary School, we believe strongly that first hand experiences are a vital part of learning, support our children to make sense of their world, broaden their horizons and improve attainment across the curriculum. Evidence shows that personal life experiences support children in their learning, as they are able to draw on those experiences to contextualize the curriculum as they learn, throughout their school and future lives.
To ensure we support our children in accessing as many experiences as possible, our curriculum is designed to incorporate many visits, visitors and learning experiences beyond the classroom. We utilize the rich heritage in the locality of Keighley and access the amazing range of landscapes and environments on our doorstep. We also travel slightly further afield and visit the coast, giving children the chance to experience things like travelling to sea on a boat.
School have invested in three minibuses to enable us to provide this level of experience for all children across school and every child from Nursery through to Year 6 goes on a minimum of one trip per half term.
"Children understand and remember concepts best when they learn from direct personal experience." Joseph Cornell.
"Close observation of children at play suggests that they find out about the world in the same way as scientists find out about new phenomena and test new ideas…"
“If you never did….you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” Dr. Seuss
"Childhood isn’t a hothouse to be fenced in and closed off and climate controlled. It’s a wide open, sun drenched, wind swept field of endless possibilities and experiences and discoveries. " L. R. Knost
"There is no such thing as failure. Only learning experiences." Unknown.
"Children with hands-on experience learn to respect the environment." Sue Clark
"During this exploration all the senses are used to observe and draw conclusions about objects and events through simple scientific investigations." Judith Roden