At Childs Hill we are committed to giving children experiences that allow them to develop the broad range of skills they need to succeed as young people today. The shared endeavours of our residential visits, starting with a sleep over in school in KS1, provide irreplaceable moments of learning and fun. Children build confidence, form friendships and take on new challenges and in doing so learn about themselves, their peers and their teachers!

Childs Hill has a long standing relationship with a wonderful outdoor education centre called Cardfields. Cardfields is a large Victorian country house, built at the turn of the 19th/20th century, which is located in a peaceful setting close to the River Chelmer, in Essex.  Cardfields is now a residential centre, and provides courses and cross curricular activities that support and enhance the national curriculum, in a safe and caring environment.

Each autumn term (late September/ early October) our Y5 pupils go to Cardields for a five day residential. The Y5 pupils study the local wildlife, farming and agriculture but of course there is time for a bike ride and a campfire too! Year 6 are offered a five day course during the summer term. Coming towards the end of their time at Childs Hill (early July) the focus of this trip is getting outdoors, having lots of fun and, as for many it is their fourth visit, saying goodbye to the amazing Cardfields staff.

Y3 and Y4 visit Cardfields in the spring term (early March). Their week is split between the two year groups with Y4 staying on Monday and Tuesday night and Y3 staying on Wednesday and Thursday night. Wednesday is the crossover day and we ensure that all of our Y3/4 pupils get a chance to experience Cardfields by taking anyone who chose not to be on the residential up to Essex for the day. This includes pupils from Rockets class in Pathways who are supported by teachers, but mainly by the other children, to participate in what is always a fantastic day.

The school ensures financial assistance is made available to eligible families for residential visits via our Pupil Premium spend.

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