All of the boys at The Falcons School for Boys take advantage of the opportunities that the capital affords us, with regular trips to museums, galleries, aquariums, farms and theatres. We also regularly visit Richmond Park for our Forest School sessions. The trips are related to the topics the boys learn throughout the year
In the summer term all of the boys go away on residential trips staying at activity centres or places catering for curriculum based activities.
These trips are always exhilarating and lots of fun for the boys. They help to further develop the boys’ independence, experience and working within a team.
In Year 3 pupils visit Kingswood in Staffordshire. The site is purpose-built for residential school visits and overlooks the picturesque beauty of the Wrekin and Clee Hills. The boys take part in many exciting activities which include; craft building, canoeing, climbing and the zip wire. During the trip pupils have a unique opportunity to try new things and to develop their team building skills. For some of the boys it also their first experience of spending some time away from home. As a result, the boys learn to increase their independence skills in a safe and caring environment. It is a highly rewarding experience, full of; fun, enjoyment and learning.
The Year 4 residential trip is a fantastic opportunity for the boys to discover, explore and understand the environment around us, building confidence and having fun through team building games and activities. Run by the Field Studies Council, the action packed week will involve a wide range of outdoor environmental activities including fresh water river studies, shelter building, setting mammal traps and map reading.
In the evening, boys partake in a wide range of exciting activities and games including Mini Olympics and Wild Art, while also having free time to relax with friends in the student common room after an eventful day in the field. The trip provides a perfect blend of learning and fun, allowing children to appreciate nature at its finest, deepen understanding and broaden horizons.
The week spent at the United Kingdom Sailing Academy is an action-packed trip that the boys look forward to all year. Five days and four nights spent honing the boys sailing and water sports skills with activities that include kayaking, wind-surfing, paddle-boarding and keel-boating.
Not only do the boys spend time out on the water but they also develop their teamwork through evening activities and team building games. Under the tremendous supervision of UKSA group leaders, the boys are given exposure to all sorts of excitement that they haven’t experienced before. Many boys take up sailing after they return which is testament to the fantastic time they have on this trip.
The Year 6 French trip to La Grand Ferme, Normandy has the boys brushing up on their speaking and spending the week soaking up the culture that the French have to offer. The boys are treated to visits to markets to practise their conversational French, as well as a trip to the legendary Bayeux Tapestry. The trip culminates with a morning spent combining French with History as we head over to the D-Day beaches. Evening activities further immerse the boys with films and French sport activities.
In Year 7 the boys attend a trip to Slapton in Devon to undertake research and findings in preparation for their Common Entrance Geography course work. The information found on the trip feeds directly into the coursework and prepares them for the skills needed to complete the Geography CE in Year 8. As well as being an educational trip, it is an excellent ‘first step’ in upper school independence and it is a chance for the boys to get to know each other properly and use teamwork to solve problems and enjoy some of the most beautiful British south-coast views and walks.
The Year 8 residential trip is a celebration of the boys completing their Preparatory school education and a last chance to spend time with their friends before they make a move to their senior school. The trip is a fun-packed activity week run by the company PGL and previous trips have been to Osmington Bay in Weymouth and Boreatton Park in Shropshire. During the trip the boys’ limits are tested as they cavort freely across the acres of PGL land, swinging on trapezes, climbing dizzy heights and zooming through the air on zip wires. The Year 8 boys get the opportunity to spend precious time with their best friends and form teachers as they say one last final farewell to their much loved school.