At Eaton House The Manor our co-curricular programme offers a diverse range of activities and a wealth of opportunities for boys that go far beyond the classroom.
School trips and workshops are a valuable element of the boys' education. They cover a wide range of activities, often linking in with topics studied in the classroom. They include educational visits to museums and galleries, outings to farms and parks, field trips and adventure breaks to activity centres, and visits abroad. They stimulate development, encourage pupils to be resourceful and self-reliant and to use their initiative, and teach pupils about developing relationships with others. At Eaton House The Manor we plan a number of trips for every year group that combine fun and learning activities.
Being outdoors and giving the children the opportunity to experience new things is essential for their development. We encourage the boys to gain independence, develop resilience, collaborate with others and have the confidence to take risks by taking them on both day and residential trips. Residential trips start in Year 3 with boys having the opportunity to take part in a three-day residential trip to Norfolk along with the Year 3 girls from the Girls' School. This trip is often the first time the children have spent time away from their family so the focus is on ensuring the children feel happy and secure and have fun exploring a new environment with their friends and staff who know them well.
The Year 4 boys will also travel to a PGL centre in Wiltshire for three days of team-building exercises, including abseiling, archery, bouldering wall, challenge course, climbing, fencing, initiative exercises, orienteering, problem solving, and trapeze.
Year 4 enjoyed a trip to a Buddhist temple in Wimbledon, where they were given a tour by a Buddhist monk who illustrated his talk with the beautiful temple paintings and led the boys in a short meditation session. Typically the boys also squeeze in a theatre trip to the West End, a trip to Kew Gardens to support the science curriculum and a trip to Hampton Court to further their understanding of Tudor times.
The Year 5 boys' residential trip is to a PGL centre in Dorset for four days and here the focus is again on team-building, including activities such as fossil hunting, beach games and assault courses, as well as investigating the geographical features of the Jurassic coastline.
The Year 5s typically visit both a Hindu mandir and the Ealing Gudwara Sikh Temple. In the Hindu temple, the boys were lucky enough to witness an 'Arti' ceremony, or 'lighting of the candles', accompanied by instruments and religious chanting. At the Sikh temple, the boys went on an extensive tour followed by a highly anticipated langar lunch of traditional curry. In addition to these TPR trips the boys visit the Natural History Museum.
The Year 6 boys travel to France for a six-day programme of French activities, history and outdoor pursuits. The boys stay at the Château de la Baudonnière, in Normandy. They will visit Arromanches-les-Bains to see one of the beaches used in the D-Day landing, the Bayeux tapestry, Mont-Saint-Michel, a market in Dinan and of course a whole range of outdoor activities from archery to canoeing.
Day trips include visits to The Design Museum, the site of the Battle of Hastings and the British Library to attend a workshop based on the map exhibition. They learned how to analyse the various uses of a map, finding that it can be used simply for directions but can also be used to explore the world and how the rest of the world may view itself.
At the end of Year 8 the boys all spend five days with the Outward Bound Trust in the Lake District. The trip gives the boys their last chance to travel together as a whole year group and is designed to give them skills to build on in preparation for the move to their senior schools. While away, the boys earn the John Muir Award for environmental work. The highlight of this five-day trip is always the overnight wilderness expedition. Visits to the theatre to support their work in English, typically to Macbeth and War Horse, are always memorable. Visits after Common Entrance are even more wide ranging, from a visit to Sky Skills Academy, to the Houses of Parliament.