Field trips offer our students the opportunity to enhance their learning experience away from their regular school environment. It provides a setting for them to learn in a more hands-on and interactive manner and to help them develop the skills for critical observation and thinking.
Every year numerous field trips will be organised to increase students’ understanding of and exposure to curriculum related topics. Here are some of the field trips organised by our tutors, read on to find out more.
Saatchi Gallery Visit
During February we took a group of enthusiastic Art, Photography and Graphics students on a research trip to the Saatchi Gallery in London to see the ‘Post Pop: East meets West’ exhibition. The show brought together artists from China, Russia, the UK and the USA to celebrate the legacy of Pop Art. The trip provided a great opportunity for students to research different cultures and ideological backgrounds from around the world and it was great to see them engaging with the exciting artwork, looking at how imagery from mass media reflects on the nature of the world we live in.
2001: A Space Odyssey
On 5 December 2014, Stanley Kubrik’s sci-fi masterpiece, 2001:A Space Odyssey, was shown at the iMax cinema at Millennium Point, Birmingham, as part of the British Film Institute’s “Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder” season.
On November 14th 2014, A Level Business Studies students took a short train journey to visit Cadbury World to explore and discover the world famous chocolate company.
Biology Trip: Who Stole the Crown Jewels?
In May, the A level Biology students spent a day at ThinkTank in Birmingham as part of their unit 5 studies. The day was based on introducing the students to some of the techniques that are vital in forensic science and then giving them hands on experience with the equipment and methods that scientists use.
AS & A2 Geography field trip: Following the River Rea
In March we took a group of six students on a Geography field trip to the River Rea to study the way in which a river develops and changes as it moves downstream. From humble beginnings at the source of the river at the Waseley Hills, we studied sites at Daffodil Park, Rea Valley Drive and Holders Lane Playing Fields before examining a final site at Cannon Hill Park which signalled the moment when the river completed its transition into a canal.
Walsall Gallery Tour
On March 21st 2013 the MPW Birmingham art and design students set off to visit the New Walsall Art Gallery. With the gallery boasting the contemporary installations of Polly Morgan and masterpieces by painters such as Claude Monet and Lucien Freud, everyone was excited at the prospect of seeing modern art firsthand.
Review: Richard II
Getting tickets for Richard II is known to be as hard as for a camel to thread the postern of a small needle’s eye, to quote the deluded king himself, and so when given the opportunity to go, the Thespians of MPW jumped at the chance.
Greeted with dramatic comedy even before the coach set off with Tajasvi’s land speed record attempt and Bill, the driver, perhaps a little too keen to get us there on time. But who could blame him?
Richard II at the RSC
Here at MPW we strive to give our students a broad range of experiences outside their academic timetable. This year is no exception as the college has managed to secure tickets for Shakespeare’s Richard II production. Tickets sold out in four days but it didn’t stop the college from getting our hands on them!
Visit to the University of Warwick
Once the AS exams have finished, students are usually ready for a well-deserved summer break; however, before our students can relax, we make use of the final few weeks of the term to ensure that they are fully prepared for the challenges related to applying to university through UCAS.