Residential Trips

Residential Trips

Our children are taken on two residential trips during their time at Cherhill.

We value the educational and social experiences that children can gain from residential visits and consider them an integral part of the children’s education. Our programme of residential visits follows the National Curriculum requirements and also supports the social and personal development of our children.

Year 5 New Barn Centre

The children go on their first residential visit towards the end of September. The Centre is set amidst the rolling chalk downlands of Dorset in an area of outstanding natural beauty and rich in the evidence of our ancient history. The accommodation we use is self-contained in the ‘Barn’ with 4 dorms that can sleep up to 10 in each. All food is prepared and eaten on site, with daily packed lunches provided for the children.

The trip is closely linked to our Geography and History topic allowing the children to practice orienteering skills which is part of the P.E curriculum. We often utilise the local area by arranging travel to Swanage on the steam train from Norden.

The children are immersed in a ‘Living History Day’ where they will spend time learning about a period in History: Neolithic, Iron Age, Romano-British, Viking or Saxon and using various houses and resources they have on site as a stimulus. They also take part in collaborative shelter building activities, a pottery workshop and a study of the local village. It is a fantastic experience for the children.

Year 6 Danywenallt in the Brecon Beacons

In their final year of Primary school, the children in year 6 visit the Danywenallt Study Centre in Wales, towards the end of October. The Centre is set in the Brecon Beacons National Park and is a Youth Hostel that has an Education officer on site. The Centre accommodates approximately 40 people and is closed off to other visitors during our trip. The children sleep in rooms of approximately 4, with many of the bedrooms having en-suite bathroom facilities.

The food is fantastic; the children are given a wide range of choices for each meal and the Centre will cater for any food allergies.

The trip is closely linked to our Geography topic, where we study rivers and mountains, and it also allows the children to practice orienteering skills which is part of the P.E curriculum. Lifesaving skills and collaborative group tasks also play a part in the weeks activities.

The children have a full day on a waterfall walk, taking in the beautiful sights of the Brecon Beacons National Park. We stop for our lunch at Sgwd Gladys, one of the many waterfalls in the park and en route back, we stop off at ‘Merlin’s Cave’!

During the week, the children also experience horse riding and rock climbing at an offsite centre, Llangorse. On our final day, we stop off at the Big Pit, which is a real coal mine transformed into a museum. This is always such an interesting trip, with 50 mins spent taking a tour down the mine and learning about what life was like for the coal miners.


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