Educational Visits and Activities Policy

Educational Visits and Activities Policy

The Fulbridge Academy Educational Visits and Activities Policy

1 Introduction
1.1 All schools are required to offer children a broad and balanced curriculum that
promotes their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development, and
prepares them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life.

1.2 In our school we seek to ensure that the National Curriculum is delivered to all
children, regardless of social background, race, gender or differences in ability.
All are entitled to the development of knowledge, understanding, skills, and
attitudes. To enrich the curriculum for our children, we also offer a range of
educational visits and other activities that add to what they learn in school.

2 Organisation
2.1 The National Curriculum defines what we teach the children in school. This is
the basis for each class’s programme of learning for each school year. In
addition teachers and governors agree the corresponding programme of visits
and activities in advance of each academic year.

2.2 Within each class’s programme of work the teachers plan educational visits and
activities that support the children’s learning. We give details of these visits and
activities to parents at the beginning of each school year in our School
Calendar. We plan other activities as the school year progresses, and inform
parents of these in due course.

2.3 Visits and activities usually take place within the school day, and the governing
body approves all such visits in advance. We follow the LA’s guidelines relating
to health and safety, and we ask parents to give written permission for their child
to take part in any activity that takes children off the school site. If we do not
receive this written permission, the child will be unable to participate.

3 Charging for school activities
3.1 All education during school hours is free. We do not charge for any activity
undertaken as part of the National Curriculum. There are some circumstances
when the school can make a charge for certain activities. The governing body
has a charging policy that details the full range of activities where a charge can
be made. A copy of this is available from the school office.

4 Curriculum links
4.1 All educational visits and activities support and enrich the work we do in school.
There is also a number of people who visit the school to support our work.
Some visits relate directly to areas of learning for individual classes, whilst
others relate to all our children.

4.2 For each subject in the curriculum there is a corresponding programme of
activities which includes visits by specialists. All these activities are in line with
guidance published by the LA:
• English – theatre visits, visits by authors, poets and theatre groups;
• science – use of the school grounds, visits to botanical gardens;
• mathematics – use of shape and number trails in the local environment;

Educational Visits and Activities Policy
• history – castle visits, study of local housing patterns, local museums;
• geography – use of the locality for fieldwork, village trails;
• art and design – art gallery visits, use of the locality;
• PE – range of sporting fixtures, extra-curricular activities, visits by specialist
 coaches;
• music – range of specialist music teaching, extra-curricular activities, local
schools’ orchestra, concerts for parents to hear;
• design and technology – visits to local factories/design centres;
• ICT – its use in local shops/libraries/secondary schools etc;
• RE – visits to local centres of worship, visits by local clergy.

4.3 We also have regular visits from our neighbourhood police officer and health
workers. These visits support the personal, social and health education of our
children. A local clergyman takes assembly on a weekly basis. Other local
religious leaders also take assemblies in the course of the school year. We do
this with the full agreement of the governing body.

5 Residential activities
5.1 Children in Year 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential visit. This
activity is in school time and linked to the National Curriculum, so we do not
make any charge for the education or cost of travel. We do, however, make a
charge for board and lodging, insurance and specialist instruction for certain
activities. Parents in receipt of state benefits are exempt from payment.

5.2 The residential visit enables children to take part in outdoor and adventure
activities as part of their PE work. We undertake this visit only with the written
agreement of the LA. All specialist activities are undertaken with qualified
instructors.

6 Minibus
6.1 The Academy charges children if they are transported in a minibus to sporting
fixtures. The charges that we make cover the expenses of the journey only; we
do not make any profit from this.

6.2 The minibus would meet LA guidelines and each seat has a belt. We only hire
those companies whose coaches have individual seat belts. We instruct all
children travelling by coach or minibus to wear a seat belt.

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