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.
Geology Trip: Pembrokeshire
In late February 2016, MPW’s Geology A2 class travelled to Pembrokeshire for four days in the field. In any scientific discipline empirical research is key to understanding natural processes: in Earth Sciences this research typically takes the form of fieldtrips. Over the course of our stay, students were afforded the chance to apply principles learnt in the classroom to the real world, test and formulate hypotheses regarding the formation of unfamiliar geological outcrops and simply get up close and personal with some world-class geology.
Business Studies Trips: BMW and Coca-Cola Factories
Trips to these factories have become annual events for A level Business Studies students as it always proves to be an effective way of furthering their understanding of the syllabus.
English trip: The Homecoming
I must confess a real partiality for The Homecoming by Harold Pinter which was first performed in 1964. “It captures (the) imagination” to misquote only slightly a remark made by Ruth as she effortlessly hi-jacks the conversation from the men: already proving her power over them. Thus it came about that a 60 strong group descended on Trafalgar Studios as Storm Imogen did her worst.
Theatre Trip: Henry V
The GCSE English Literature students were recently given the opportunity to watch the Royal Shakespeare Company’s production of Henry V.
Classics Trips: The Oresteia
Greek tragedies are not performed very frequently and those of Aeschylus least frequently of all. And yet, despite all these difficulties facing modern stagings, Classics students were able to see not one but two productions of Aechylus’s Oresteia last term.
Biology in Action Trip to UCL
On December 7, a group of MPW A-Level students who are all passionate about biology attended a series of “Biology in Action” lectures at the UCL Institute of Education. A total of five lively and enjoyable sessions introduced us to cutting-edge research and future prospects in the field of biological sciences.
German Film Day at the BFI
On a grey November’s day, my A-level German-language students and I met at the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank to attend Der deutsche Film: an Introduction to German Cinema for A-level German Students.
National Poetry Day 2015
We are now in our third year of attending the National Poetry Day at the Queen Elizabeth Hall. The format is a simple one involving a series of readings and it always seems to have a revelatory effect on English students: clearly, hearing living poets reading their poems is a more dramatic and energising experience than silently reading in books the words of poets who are (often) long dead.
In early October we took all the AS and GCSE Business Studies students to the popular EntrepreneurLIVE! Conference. Carefully selected young entrepreneurs introduce their businesses, telling the stories behind them, reporting on progress so far and then answering questions.