Trips and Events
Pupils of St Christopher's School benefit from numerous enriching activities and visits. As the school is located close to Wembley Park Station we are able to access all the wonderful museums, concert halls, art galleries, historic sites, places of worship and educational attractions in Central London.
Each year group can expect to go on between three and six outings a year.
Common outings include: The Barbican, The Royal Academy, The National Gallery, The Natural History Museum, The Science Museum, The War Rooms, The Royal Courts of Justice, The National Portrait Gallery, The Roman Museum at Verulamium (St Albans), The London Transport Museum, The Royal Mews, The Bank of England Museum and Fryent Country Park.
Here is a sample of some of the education trips
The children in Reception visit the local Fire Station where the fire officers spend time talking to them about the fire service. The children are allowed to try on protective helmets, climb in the cab and, with a little help, hold the hose that is used to extinguish fires.Year 1 study dinosaurs, so a trip to the Natural History Museum is a must. The children are enthralled by the skeletons and life sized models of these prehistoric creatures.
As money is prominent in the Year 2 maths curriculum, the children enjoy visiting the Bank of England Museum. Here they watch an educational film about the history of money, are shown sheets of bank notes and then the children try to pick up a genuine gold bar which they soon realise is very heavy.
The children from Year 3 and 4 go to the British Museum; Year 3 to look at the Sutton Hoo exhibition which enriches their study of the Anglo-Saxons and Year 4 to the Egyptian gallery to enhance their understanding of the Ancient Egyptians.
In September the children of Year 4 are taken on a walking tour of the local area. Their guide is a very knowledgeable retired teacher who imparts information about the history of Wembley as well as the local fauna and flora. The children get to pick and eat blackberries on the way.
In the Autumn Term, pupils from Year 5 visit the local water treatment centre to support their study of the water cycle. It is an excellent trip which includes practical experiments on filtration, allowing the children to see the various processes required to provide clean drinking water.
The children of Year 6 visit the House of Commons and the House of Lords. They are taken on a guided tour around the Palace of Westminster and are allowed into the public gallery to observe the House in action. This helps them understand our democratic system of Government.
Musical concerts by the London Symphony Orchestra at the Barbican are attended by children from both Key stages. This enables them to see and listen to a full orchestra and be introduced to classical pieces of music in a fun way.
The children from Reception to Year 6 visit all the major galleries in London: the National Gallery, The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and The Royal Academy. Here the children from Years 3 and 4 participated in a sculpture workshop that is linked with the Royal Academy’s current exhibition.
The children of Years 5 and 6 participate on a residential trip at an outdoor activity centre every other year. They stay from Monday to Friday and enjoy a full programme of activities from abseiling, to raft building. The children love the experience and don't want to return home!
On the alternate year, they take part in an Activity Week in March and enjoy daily educational visits. In 2014 they visited the Safety Centre in Milton Keynes, The Harry Potter Experience, Hampton Court, The Golden Hinde, an educational workshop and tour of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and lastly had lots of fun at Hudnall Park, an outdoor centre. There will be a similar Activity Week in March 2016.
PGL Activity Holiday
In 2012, the children in Year 4 visited the PGL Residential Centre in Liddington where they stayed for two nights. For some children this was their first experience of staying away from home. Even though some were apprehensive about being away, they returned full of exciting tales of achievements.
Recently our Year 4 spent the night at the Natural History Museum in an event called ‘DINOSNORES’. They had evening activities, including a torchlight tour of the galleries, before sleeping in the main dinosaur gallery. The children and staff were very excited about this trip!
Le Chateau du Broutel, France
In 2013, the pupils of Year 5 & 6 went to France and stayed at Le Chateau du Broutel on the edge of the small historical town of Rue.
On the outward journey the children stopped at Nausicaa, one of Europe’s largest public aquariums and participated in many activities and excursions during the week. They particularly enjoyed speaking French when they visited the local market and were amazed that they were understood!