Beyond the classroom

HighfieldPrep_DenBuildingAt Highfield the girls enjoy many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom. Throughout the school year there are educational visits out of school, visitors into the classroom, class assemblies, concerts, show and tell and many other activities. These build on the girls’ learning and ensure that their experiences are vibrant and interesting.

They have recently enjoyed many local walks around the town to look at houses and buildings, a day at the Lookout Centre for science and nature, a tour around the local Mosque and a church for religious education, a visit to the Earley Museum to look at Victorian toys and fun and games in the local park.

We also have many visitors into school to share new experiences. Each year the Fire Brigade come to talk to Year 1 about fire safety.  Teaching them how to raise the alarm if they find a fire, how to get out of a building safely and of course showing them around their fire engine!

HighfieldPrep_KayakingWe welcome parents into school to share their experiences, be it work-related talks, talks about different countries, or hobbies.  We see this as a very rewarding enrichment programme to allow the girls to expand their horizons and understanding of the world.

During the Summer Term, Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoy residential visits which help them to gain vital self-confidence and resilience when away from home.

“The broad, creative and well-balanced curriculum, together with an excellent range of extra-curricular activities, trips and visits, supports pupils’ learning extremely well.” ISI Report 2013