At Willaston CE Primary School we are very proud of our comprehensive range of residential visits and educational day trips offered to the children. They form a very important part of our curriculum and our ethos. Visits allow children to learn outside the classroom in a variety of settings promoting children’s personal development and independence. Residential visits take place every year for children from Year 2 to Year 6.
School trips and educational visits are currently suspended due to Covid-19 and will resume once it is deemed safe to do so.
Year 2 travel to Beeston for a one night stay at the Cheshire West Residential Centre. Children visit Beeston Castle and have the opportunity to explore the castle’s history. Children experience workshops linked to their learning in the classroom. A visit to the Candle Factory to learn how candles are made is a highlight.
Year 3 children travel to Burwardsley for a one night stay at the Cheshire West Residential Centre. Children enjoy activities such as den building and visiting the Iron Age Roundhouse to enhance their history knowledge and understanding. The centre offers children great opportunities to explore and learn new experiences.
In Year 4, children travel to the small Cheshire village of Tattenhall and stay for two nights at the Cheshire West Residential Centre. Children enjoy a historical walk around Tattenhall Village. They experience a zip wire, a tree climb and a low ropes course. The highlight of the visit is a trip to the Cheshire Ice Cream Farm.
In Year 5 children travel across North Wales to Menai, Anglesey and stay for three nights at The Cheshire West owned Conway Centre. Children take part in the AEMS course. (Art Education in a Multicultural Society). Children work alongside children from other Cheshire schools working with different artists from different cultures focusing on art, dance and drama. Activities include African drumming, beat boxing, storytelling, Indian dancing and visual art.
In Year 6 children take part in a four night residential visit to PGL, Winmarleigh Hall in Lancashire. Children enjoy a wide range of outdoor and adventurous activities such as high ropes, big swing, archery, climbing, abseiling, raft building orienteering, fencing and many others.
Children take part in educational day trips to local areas of interest to enhance the curriculum. These trips vary but may include, Safety Central, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Chester Zoo, farm visits, Liverpool museums, Roman tour in Chester, Grosvenor Museum, Tate Gallery, Walker Art Gallery, theatre visits, Halle Orchestra and Burton Mere (RSPB).