The Wider World Outside of the Classroom
At Reddish Hall we understand that education doesn’t always take place within the classroom. For our pupils, developing socially and experiencing new challenges is of high importance. We strive to include as many first hand experiences as possible, whether that be through educational visits, rewards trip, museum experiences or welcoming visitors into school who can provide a different approach to learning.
As part of our Key Stage 4 curriculum, pupils undertake a Level 1 City and Guilds in work based/land based operations within our on-site Horticulture area. This programme of study involves practical, hands on learning around animals and horticulture, covering aspects of health and safety as well. The course is delivered by a qualified teacher and supported by staff pupils are familiar with, after being thoroughly risk assessed.
Educational Visits and Trips
Opportunities to relate knowledge learned in the classroom to the wider world are seen as key. Recent educational visits have included trips to a church and synagogue for R.E., the beach as part of a humanities topic, Chester Zoo as part of science. The local area also has a plethora of museums, theatres and galleries which are available to support pupils’ learning. As we as being educational, these visits also support the development of social skill and give pupils the opportunity to learn about the area in which they live.
Friday afternoons focus on the development of social skills as pupils are given ‘Options’ where they can participate in extra-curricular activities. These have recently included:
- Visiting a local farm
- Soft play for primary
- Bush craft
- Picnics in the park
Pupils also have the opportunity to participate in outdoor education, with activities such as climbing, potholing (on a bus!), abseiling and a ‘leap of faith’. As well as helping to keep pupils physically fit, team-building and communication skills are developed, as well as self-confidence.