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.
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.
Trip to the Secret Library of John Dee
The Royal College of Physicians has mounted a fantastic exhibition of Dee's books. As the possible muse for Shakespeare's Prospero, it was amazing to learn more about Dee and his life including talking to angels, spying and his links with Queen Elizabeth.
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.