Field trips offer our students the opportunity to enhance their learning experience away from their regular college environment. It provides a setting for them to learn in a hands-on and interactive manner while helping them develop critical skills, such as teamwork.
Every year, numerous field trips are organised to increase students’ understanding of and exposure to curriculum related topics.
Surprise results following traffic management system investigation
GCSE Geography students, accompanied by Geography tutor, Mark Leaford and Head of GCSE, Amy Cockerill, took part in a field trip into Cambridge to investigate the traffic congestion in a number of areas within the city. This fits into the Urban Issues and Challenges topic of the Geography GCSE. The main aim of the investigation was to collect data to allow us to answer questions on familiar fieldwork which is assessed in Paper 3 of the examination.
MPW Students Debate with BBC Editor
MPW Cambridge students were delighted to attend an annual lecture at Magic Circle’s Headquarters in London, accompanied by Inga Morrissey (Director of Studies) and Jamil Rashid (Student Council Facilitator). Hosted by the Council for Independent Education (CIFE), the keynote speaker was Martin Webber, current editor of the BBC’s ‘The World Business Report’. Students raised and asked their own very perceptive and probing questions, which showed their inquisitiveness and was indicative of the overall maturity of MPW students.
GCSE Residential Trip to London 2019
We set off to the Globe Theatre to take part in a live-action workshop. This exciting and interactive experience, perfectly tailored to complement the AQA English Literature requirements, gave students the chance to take a closer look at ‘Macbeth’, which is the chosen play at MPW. The Globe’s very own educational practitioner led the workshop and helped students to explore the historical, social, and cultural context of the play, along with supplying insight into the plot, language, and characters.
A level Geography students discover coastal landforms
MPW Cambridge Geography students looked at two geographical landforms, Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. They saw how erosional and depositional processes linked with both geology and subaerial processes have led to what is there today. The windy weather and rough seas gave the students an appreciation of how powerful waves can be and how this affects that rate of erosion. This is important to the students because in their exam they will need to be able to describe and explain how both erosional landforms are created and able to give located examples.
Visit to University of Cambridge's Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit
Our Psychology A level students benefit from having the Medical Research Council’s (MRC) Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit practically on our doorstep.
This was such a marvellous opportunity for A level students to engage in academic debate with scientists about live research topics and I was very pleased to see how much MPW students were completely engaged with this.
A Christmas Carol
Actor John O’Connor faithfully recreated Dickens’s famous performance of his best-loved ghost story and provided the students with seasonal treat in the spirit of Christmas past, present and future. The trip really added value to the students’ studies and brought a completely fresh perspective on an old classic. Theatre trips such as this one add value to the varied curriculum and create a real buzz before and after the event.
History comes to life at GCSE
GCSE History students visited the Imperial War Museum in Duxford. The exhibits matched perfectly with the curriculum they are studying this academic year. Sean said; “The most amazing thing with the paratroopers that I saw in the Land Warfare Hall was the incredible leap in technology, even from the year 2000 to today. Everything including the design of the helmets has improved. The weaponry has moved to carbines and full auto guns. I would like more time to look at the planes there was almost too much to take in on one visit. It gives a whole new perspective to history and makes it more personal - like going back in time.”
A level Business Strong Foundations Workshop
Jim Riley, with his popular voice in all Tutor2u YouTube videos, showed the students how to write effective judgements and evaluations. All the examples given to the students were about real-life businesses such as Greggs, Cost Less, Apple, Tesco and Poundland. The students also had the chance to revise most of the business theories they had learnt in their course such as Porter’s Five Forces, Ansoff Matrix, Economies of Scale and Porter’s Generic Strategies.
GCSE Residential Trip to London
After visiting wonderful settings such as the Hogwarts Castle, Forbidden Forest and the Hogwarts Express Train, we set off for an American Diner in Covent Garden for refreshments followed by an exhilarating performance of Thriller, the musical that charts the music and life of pop icon, Michael Jackson.