At Ashmount we enrich our curriculum through regular educational visits because we strongly believe that they have a positive impact on our children’s academic, personal and social development and help equip our children with the knowledge and cultural capital that they need to succeed in life. At Ashmount we have always been proud of our rich educational visits offer and we regularly review the visits and trips we take to ensure that they are high quality, enjoyable and relevant to the children’s learning.
From the Spring term, Nursery and Reception attend local visits and visits across London.
In KS1 and KS2, children attend a minimum of one educational visit per half term which is in addition to any competitions or P.E/Sporting events. These visits always link to their current classroom learning, whether that be their science, topic or wider curriculum learning.
By the end of KS2, children at Ashmount will have had a wide range of experiences which include:
- Visiting many of the wonderful museums or theatres across London
- Visiting a farm, zoo and aquarium
- Visiting a bakery and restaurant
- Visiting places of worship and a court
- Visiting parks and gardens e.g. Gillespie Park and Kew Gardens
- Visiting libraries and book shops
- Visiting a climbing centre and boating club
Contributions towards educational visits
As far as possible, we aim to ensure that the trips and visits that we take the children on are free or low cost. When there is a cost for the trip or visit, we ask parents to make a voluntary contribution which is the exact cost of the trip or visit for the child. This will appear on your School Money account once the class teacher has sent out a letter communicating the information around the trip or visit.
We offer free packed lunches to all children who require one if the trip or visit is for the whole day and the children need to eat lunch offsite.
Joining us on an educational visit
To make our educational visits happen, we often need parent volunteers to accompany us on our visits. When teachers send out their communication about an educational visit that will be taking place, they will state the number of parent volunteers needed. We encourage you to get in touch with the class teacher either by speaking to them directly on the playground at the end of the school day or via the school office in order to register your interest. At times, we can receive many requests to help and will always aim to ensure that as a parent you are able to accompany us on at least one visit during the academic year.
If you have never accompanied us on an educational visit before, you will need to bring some documentation into the office. This includes: a passport or drivers license, a recent utilities bill, (must be less than 3 months old) and a character reference to the school office at least 1 week before the trip/visit.
Click below for the brief guidelines that you will need to follow when accompanying us on an educational visit.