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Extending learning outside the classroom

Posted on 19 January 2017

As a mixed ability school achieving excellent exam results, Sackville School offers an education which stimulates and challenges students of all abilities and key to this are learning opportunities outside the classroom. Each department explores opportunities which will bring learning to life and, whilst this can be within the school’s beautiful grounds, often study groups will travel further afield.

Last term students travelled across the Channel to visit a number of historic battlefields. Year 9 and GCSE Historians had studied World War 1 so the visit to Ypres and the Somme brought home the impact of warfare on the landscape and the lives of the people affected.  Laying a wreath at the Menin Gate during the moving Last Post ceremony is something which will always stay with the students. This year the itinerary was extended to include the sites of two other historic battles– Agincourt and Waterloo as nothing can bring History alive like seeing the actual places where the events took place.

Another recent trip was to The Gielgud Theatre in London to see "The Curious Coincidence of Maths in the Day Time", an inspirational and interactive Maths lecture. Not only did the show explore mathematical concepts from the bestselling novel and play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, students also discovered the maths ideas that influenced the music, set design and incredible visual effects of the West End production.

Whilst nothing can replace quality teaching on a daily basis it is also important to widen students' horizons by supplementing and enhancing the curriculum with a programme of educational trips.