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 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.
Isle of Wight 2015
Once again A2 Geography students, accompanied by Head of Department Paul Turner and tutor Emma Smith, embarked on the annual four-day fieldtrip to the Isle of Wight on Tuesday 21 April.
History trip: Orlando Figes on Revolutionary Russia
“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”
The event at Daunt’s magnificent bookshop in Marylebone High Street on May 15th was billed as a conversation between Oliver Bullough, author and journalist, and the historian Professor Orlando Figes.
Biology trip: Epping Forest
After the Easter holidays, at 8:30am one Friday morning, a coach full of AS Biology Students and their packed lunches set off to Epping Forest as part of their Biology coursework. Our aim was to evaluate the species richness of two areas of countryside, completing practical tasks along the way. We did this by counting the number of different plant species there were, using a quadrat and random co-ordinates. We then had to identify which species were most abundant, using a key for grasses and forest paths.
IGCSE Geography Urban Fieldwork: Stratford
In April the IGCSE Geography students embarked on their second fieldwork outing as part of their preparation for their final exam. Yet again the sun was shining as they took up their cameras and recording sheets with the aim of investigating the impacts of urban regeneration around the Olympic Park and its surrounding areas. Briefed with a plan of action from the Field Studies Centre staff, the students carried out a number of field sketches, land use profiles and environmental quality surveys along a transect of the area.
Geography trip: The Isle of Wight
When Paul told us in October that we would be going away, over the water, for a residential fieldtrip, a lot of us got our hopes up. Would it be to Spain, to study the impact of tourism? Could it be to Iceland, to study volcanoes or glaciers? Maybe even North Africa, to study hot arid environments? Sadly, “over the water” meant only the Solent and the destination was the Isle of Wight.