In addition to the residential visit, a range of educational day visits connected with the ongoing work in the classes are offered to the children.
They give enjoyment and extend the children's interest and knowledge. These photographs show years 5 & 6 trying their hands at thatching, pottery making, wicker weaving, working on an Iron Age Roundhouse, and cooking in Tunstall Forest. In 2012 we ran a 3 day visit to Foxburrow Farm as part of the ‘Forest Schools' project.
Suffolk Schools Agricultural Show
Class 2 always look forward to their visit to the Suffolk Showground organised by the Suffolk Agricultural Association. Every two years thousands of Suffolk Primary school children take part in their own education-orientated version of the Suffolk Show. There are many interactive events where they can see sheep being sheared, horses being shoed, bloodhounds in action and sheepdog trials. Amongst other things they can also learn about livestock, farm machinery through the ages, local farm produce and, always very popular, taste locally produced farm food.
Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Bawdsey School has had strong links with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust (SWT) for many years. We've taken part in their Forest Schools programme on many occasions and this year have had the chance to be involved in a new Wild Beach project. This is what the SWT say about the programmes:
A forest school programme over 6+ sessions is a transformational experience, with children growing in confidence and gaining independence. Exploring nature at their own pace, children learn to investigate, take risks safely, solve problems and gain knowledge through first hand experience.
Wild Beach and coastal connections
Wild Beach brings the forest schools philosophy to Suffolk's coastal habitats. Over 6+ sessions through a positive, play-based approach, children develop an understanding of beach and marine ecosystems and learn about land and sea life through explorative and creative activities. (www.suffolkwildlifetrust.org/about)
Due to legislation we can ask parents only for voluntary contributions towards the cost of these visits. Without these contributions the visits cannot take place. We appreciate this may sometimes be difficult for some families, and the headteacher will be happy to discuss in confidence exceptions with families concerned.