Being situated in the beautiful, historic and world famous Yorkshire Dales is both a privilege and a fantastic opportunity. We use our local environment as much as possible to support and extend our learning throughout the curriculum. Being outside and immersing themselves in such a special milieu is not only excellent for the children’s academic development but it is invaluable for their mental and physical health, understanding of the community of which they are an important part, and to instil in them a sense of place; spiritually, historically and geographically.
The children regularly travel further afield as well, to deepen their learning and broaden their world picture. Every term, all our children are given the opportunity to participate in an off-site visit or to take part in workshops here at school and in the local area; engaging in activities that stretch their understanding of the curriculum and provide them with new experiences through activities they might not access elsewhere .
Some recent trips at Kettlewell have included: Chester Zoo, The Gruffalo Trail at Nell Bank Outdoor Centre; an adventurous walk up the Dale looking at its geography and history; a trip to the source of the River Wharfe at Oughtershaw; Eden Camp to study the First World War; Kilnsey Trout Farm to pond dip with the Yorkshire Dales River Trust; the Media Museum in Bradford to see the Space exhibition; Burnsall to study the geography of the Wharfe; Buckden House outdoor centre for a day of caving and climbing; as well as trips to other schools in our federation for a two day RE festival, science workshops and crafting skills fair; and, of course, every Christmas the whole school travels to see the pantomime at Harrogate, a firm favourite!
All visits are planned very carefully by the staff, to ensure that they provide high quality enrichment to the curriculum, which excites, inspires and enthuses our children. We also want to create joyful and rewarding experiences and memories for them and their time at our school. Often the children will take part in trips and activities alongside their peers from other schools in our Federation. This widens their friendship groups and broadens their perspective. Every year, after SATs, Year 6 have the opportunity to join their friends from other schools in our cluster, including Threshfield and Boyle and Petyt, on a three-day residential trip to Cober Hill in Scarborough. This is a fun-filled and exciting adventure that the children and staff thoroughly enjoy, and creates joyous memories they will never forget. Cober Hill is a hotel set in beautiful grounds near the coast, built by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, and provides a comfortable, safe base from which the children can take part in all sorts of outdoor activities, including biking in Dalby Forest, sailing at Scaling Dam and fossil hunting on the beach at Scarborough. It is an opportunity not to be missed!
Careful planning and professional delivery of all our trips and activities are very important to us, to ensure that all our children have a positive and safe experience every time. The children’s safety is our number one concern. Staff use the EVOLVE system of risk assessment and planning strategies; a highly effective and robust tool for professional educators, which ensures all potential hazards are accounted for, and any adjustments necessary are made. Event leaders and deputy leaders are assigned, who have responsibility for managing the activity or trip. On completion of the planning and risk assessment, the documents are reviewed by the EVC (Educational Visits Coordinator), Mr Scott, and/or the Executive Head teachers, depending on the nature of the trip or activity.
Contributions for Educational visits
Kettlewell Primary School follows current legislation with regard to charging for school activities. We try to keep costs to a minimum but will ask parents/carers for a voluntary contribution towards certain activities such as educational outings and school journeys. If there are insufficient contributions, trips and activities may have to be cancelled, sadly.