Queen Eleanor’s has a very strong tradition offering residential trips and we are very proud of the experiences we offer to children at our school. Every year group has some kind of overnight stay away from home as we think it is vital to developing the children’s confidence and independence.
We strongly encourage every child to participate in our residential trips and have worked hard over the last year to keep the costs of the trips as affordable as possible. Our Year 3 sleepover is completely free which enables every child to attend.
A description of each year group’s trips is included below.
Year 3 – School sleepovers
The Year 3 children have two overnight experiences at QE. The first is a sleepover in the school hall within the first few weeks of term. This is a good way of the children getting to know their teachers better and also encourages the children to be very independent. The sleepover has only been running for a year and has proved very popular.
At the end of Year 3, the children are invited to another sleepover at school, this time in a tent! The night camp is new to the school this year and will take place for the first time in the Summer term.
Year 4 – Ironbridge
In March of each year, the Year 4 children are given the opportunity to go on a residential trip to Ironbridge. The trip is integrated into the Year 4 topic of the Victorians. During their time in Ironbridge they get to experience first-hand what life was like in Victorian Britain visiting Blist Hill Victorian town. The children also visit the Museum of the Gorge and look at the Iron Bridge, as well as having fun at Enginuity Science Museum. During a visit to Jackfields Tile Museum they get to decorate their own tile. The trip gives the children the opportunity to develop their independence and lasts for four days and three nights.
Year 5 – Normandy, France
In Year 5 the children visit Normandy for 4 days to link with their topic on Britain since the 1930s. During the course of the week the children have the opportunity to visit a number of the D-Day landing beaches as well as museums and monuments. The trip includes visits to many of the landing beaches on the Normandy coast as well as a trip to the American and British cemeteries as well as the Pegasus Bridge memorial and 360 cinema at Arromanches.
The children stay in the Château Du Baffy in Colombiers-sur-Suelles, Normandy.
Year 6 – PGL
When the children enter Year 6 they are offered the chance to attend a residential trip to a PGL residential site. This trip departs on a Monday morning and returns the following Friday evening. Whilst the children are at the activity centre they will take part in a wide range of activities which include abseiling, climbing, zipline, giant swing, archery and of course the disco. The trip helps the children to bond with one another and develops confidence, independence and self-esteem.
Further information regarding this trip is available from the school office or visit www.pgl.co.uk. Due to the demand for the Isle of Wight site, QE occasionally uses other PGL sites in the South of England.