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.
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.
Theatre trip: King Lear in Chichester
On one of those crisp and golden mornings which November occasionally gives us, a 30 strong group of MPW A2 students took a luxury coach down to Chichester to the intimate Minerva theatre to see Shakespeare’s vast play King Lear. I was heartened by the fact that some AS students and one GCSE student had also seen the wisdom of watching a play they will be studying later in their academic careers.
Physics trip: Large Hadron Collider Exhibition
Do you know what the God particle is? Most people haven’t heard about it. And to start with I had absolutely no idea either. But a Physics school trip gave me welcome insights into the so-called “God particle”, more correctly known as the Higgs Boson. In the second half of the Spring term, our Physics tutor, Rhian Pritchard, took us to visit the Science Museum. It is in South Kensington, just behind the Natural History Museum: I was delighted to find that such a famous museum is located just around the corner from us. The main purpose of our visit was to see the Large Hadron Collider exhibition.
Art History Trip: National Gallery and Tower of London | MPW
Just before Christmas, History of Art students went on a combined study day to the Tower of London and the National Gallery. It was a chance to engage with the patronage of King Richard II, using a well-known work in the National Gallery – the Wilton Diptych – and a less well-known wall painting in what used to be the Royal Mint, now called the Byward Tower.
Physics trip: GREENWICH
How many stars are there in the sky?
What is a star made of?
How far is it from the Sun to the Earth?
On 21st November, with the guidance of MPW Physics tutors, all A2 students studying Physics kept these questions in their mind as they went on a field trip to Greenwich Observatory to discover facts about the universe.