Here at Bangor Central Integrated Primary School we take as many opportunities as we can to take our learning out of the classroom and out into different, exciting and stimulating environments. Every year group gets the chance to explore their topics in a hands on, multi sensory way . Each trip is carefully planned and links into the cross curricular elements of our teaching and learning.
For our older pupils we also have annual residential trips that focus on developing important personal skills such as resilience, personal organisation, and independence. Child also build on friendships, learn to work together and support one another through various challenges.
In Year 1, as part of our Wild Woodlands topic, we visit Castle Park to take part in a Gruffalo hunt. Then in term 2 as part of our topic on animals, we take an exciting trip to Belfast Zoo. We finish the year with a spring walk around our beautiful seaside town, looking for all the signs that nature is waking up for summer.
As part of the Park topic, pupils take a lovely walk to Ward Park. They explore the natural surrounding of the park and visit the bird sanctuary and feed the birds. Learning about the world around them is very exciting and caring for the environment is important. Just as we care for each other, the Year 2 pupils learn about how to care for animals by visiting the farm.
In Year 3 we are so lucky to enjoy a range of school trips, close to home and further afield. For our 'Cool Food' Topic we visit ASDA. We get a behind the scenes tour, see how they keep the food fresh, get to make pizza, see fresh cookies being made in the bakery and work the tills! It is the best fun and a firm favourite with our children. For our 'Mini Beast' topic we visit the beautiful Walled Garden. Our Year 3 experts always find something they have been learning about with an abundance of mini beasts around the area. At the end of the year we visit W5 as it links well with our Topics of 'Inventions', 'Cool Food' and 'Mini Beasts'.
The World Around Us element of the curriculum is explored in great detail in Year 4 as the pupils take a trip to the past to learn more about the World War. The pupils come to school dressed as evacuees and take a trip to the War Museum. We are very lucky to live close to the coast and in year 4 the pupils walk to the rockpools at Ballyholme to explore the wildlife that lives on their doorstep.
North Down Museum - The History of Bangor Abbey
We learn about the origins of the Abbey as a monastery, dress up as monks and learn all about how the monks made their own paper, ink and quills. We find out about the famous monk St. Columbanus who travelled across Europe to spread the word of God and introduce literacy to the masses.
In Year 6 children get the exciting opportunity to have their first school residential with an overnight stay at the Lorne Estate Activity Centre at Craigavad. Over two days the children take part in a variety of activities such as climbing, archery, high ropes and so much more. The aim of this trip is for the children to challenge their boundaries by doing something adventurous, as well as have a lot of fun!For many children this will be their first experience of being away from home and they will need to take some responsibility for their own personal organisation and demonstrate resilience. They also develop excellent team working skills, developing empathy and supporting their peers. These adventurous residential trips also help children to bond and build life long friendships. They make memories that last a lifetime.
One of the highlights of the school year for our Year 7 children, and indeed a highlight of their time at BCIPS is the annual residential to Edinburgh. This three night trip to Scotland is fun filled and action packed with an itinerary designed to engage, entertain and keep home sickness at bay! Our year 7 children make lifelong memories to help end their primary school career on a real high.