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.
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition
Over the half term in October, we embarked on a Duke of Edinburgh Award expedition in the South Downs.
There were four girls taking part in this trip. Initially, we were driven to the top of one of the hills and asked to find our campsite, carrying our large rucksacks all the way. Luckily, we were accompanied by one of the senior assessors, Richard. When we were climbing up hills, the wind was getting wild and it was difficult for us to climb. We made it finally, and stood on the top to enjoy the lush view (we couldn’t help taking pictures).
Chekov's The Seagull
On 4th October Year 13 Drama and Theatre Studies students went to see a production of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The students are studying the play and found the National Theatre's interpretation to be visually stunning.
Duke of Edinburgh Expedition 2016
In January, 15 students from Year 10 embarked on the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and by the end of the Summer Term they were ready for their Bronze Award expedition.
Biology Trip: Epping Forest
The word biology itself is derived from Greek words "bios" (life) and "logos" (word, reason, study), so it stands to reason that examining nature and studying life in its natural environment will give us the best understanding of what Biology is actually about. That is exactly what we acquired from our field trip to Epping Forest.
Geography Trip: Isle of Wight
Following a restful Easter break, the return to a new term could mean only one thing for the MPW A-Level Geographers: time for the annual Isle of Wight Geography fieldwork excursion.
Art History Trip: Florence
This trip, for MPW Art History students, really is the highlight of the year. The reasons are threefold: firstly, we are able to see what we have studied – which makes exquisite details all the more memorable; secondly, we can see at first hand just how revolutionary the Renaissance style was and, finally, we were guided around this amazing city by a man whose knowledge knows no bounds, our Head of Department, John Cameron, whom we affectionately nicknamed ‘Johnatello’!
Russian Art and History Exhibition
The National Portrait Gallery: Russia and the Arts 1867-1914: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky fit perfectly with the A level History syllabus this year; one of the key themes in the MPW A-Level History programme is the study of Russia during the turbulent years 1855 to 1964: a time of revolution, war and the emergence of the USSR as a superpower.
We know that The Tempest was first performed at Whitehall in 1611 before King James. The 2016 production of the play at the Sam Wanamaker playhouse thus replicates the conditions of the first performance with some precision.