The vision of these three primary schools is to embed residential learning experiences as a fundamental element of the school curriculum, re-educating the whole community to view these experiences as an entitlement for all children.
The aims are to:
- provide a cumulative, coherent programme of experiences for all children that will build momentum as they progress through the three schools
- transform the curriculum by using learner-centered, thematic, first-hand experiences as a catalyst for profound, meaningful learning, integrating these experiences with the curriculum themes in each school.
Blending Learning Outside the Classroom, ‘extended day’ visits and residentials and making use of local and nearby facilities allow these experiences to become everyday possibilities for staff and students. Parents and children are involved at the planning stage, and staff spend a lot of time back in the classroom referring to the skills children have built on residentials.
“All the activities the children were involved in either built upon work begun in class or led on to further learning on our return to school.”
Learning Away Coordinator, Christ Church Partnership
The schools have developed year-round partnerships with local residential centres. Staff have seen a real benefit to holding residentials at different times of the year – making careful use of residentials throughout the year can have a significant impact on teacher-student relationships, as well as sometimes offering lower-cost options.
Browse the Christ Church partnership’s latest case studies and resources below to learn more about their programme – including some of the learning outcomes for creative, themed residentials including Romans, Night at the Museum, and Crime Scene Investigators.