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Ray Lodge Primary School

Striving for Excellence

Part of Strive4 Academy Trust

Part of Strive4 Academy Trust

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Educational Visit Experience

“The only source of knowledge is experience.” ~ Albert Einstein


School visits are a great opportunity to learn outside the classroom in new, interesting and practical ways. School visits offer a huge range of benefits for students, not all of them academic. We believe that a school trip can be a truly formative experience in terms of a pupil's personal and social development too.They form an integral part of the Ray Lodge experience, and each pupil at our school can expect to have at least two outside visits per year.



Here are just a few of the benefits our school visits offer our children:



By seeing for themselves what they’ve been learning about in class, our children  gain a better, deeper understanding of the area of the curriculum being studied. 

School visitss can also help our children to understand the importance of what they’re studying, making them more motivated to learn and more likely to retain the information.


Improved relationships

By escaping the everyday routines of the classroom, and sharing new experiences, our children build trust and respect with each other.

Children are better equipped to work with their classmates and their teacher. We also find that they’re more comfortable to ask questions or seek help. 


Higher engagement

School visits make the pictorial and abstract more concrete.


Improved confidence

By experiencing another environment and/or culture, enjoying new foods and seeing different landscapes on a school visit, our children can become more confident and open to new things. This also builds their cultural capital. 



Examples of the trips that we run, where children will enjoy learning in action, might include:


  • Our annual Year 6 residential outdoor pursuits visit

  • Kew Gardens or London Zoo to see some of the things children have been learning about in science

  • A lunch in a London restaurant

  • Trips to Central London museums

  • Picnics in London parks

  • Theatre trips to see plays

  • A boat ride along the River Thames

  • Many local attractions in and around Woodford and Redbridge


School visits also contribute to:

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural understanding
  • British Values (particularly respect and tolerance)
  • PSHE
  • Visual literacy of the environment (beyond school and its environments)
  • Deeper, more nuanced learning
  • Engaging with the best that has been thought, said and built.


A school visit -

  • Sows seeds for the future
  • Extends our children's horizons
  • Strengthens mental well being and fitness
  • Enhances self esteem and resilience



Please visit the school blog to find out more about our learning out of school -


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