Residential Trips at Sacred Heart Primary School
The school has a strong commitment to the values of learning beyond the statutory school day and beyond the school premises by use of carefully planned educational visits. This is part of the school’s required role to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that provides spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development that prepares young people for the opportunities and experiences of adult life. Visits and off-site activities support, enrich and extend the curriculum in many subject areas, encourage co-operation, team work and the application of problem-solving skills and develop independence and self-confidence.
Children in Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in three day residential visits. These are planned to provide new and exciting experiences. Children in Year 4 visit Dukeshouse Wood in Hexham, Year 5 visit Kingsway Outdoor Centre in Middleton in Teesdale and Year 6 visit Weardale Outdoor Centre. All of these residentials introduce the children to experiences such as orienteering, canoeing, gorge walking, high ropes, climbing, abseiling, archery and lots more.
Residential courses organised by the school are optional but an invaluable part of the National Curriculum. Pupils benefit hugely from the experience both educationally and socially and we feel certain that our Adventure Choice Programme proves to be both enjoyable and very worthwhile. In the last six years we have had many successful residentials in this amazing outdoor setting.