Learning in the Community
At Our Lady of Grace school, we are committed to helping children learn in many different ways. In addition to classroom based learning, all year groups have the opportunity to extend their learning during educational visits throughout the year. Some recent examples are visits to the Imperial War Museum by the Year 6 children who have been learning about World War II, a visit to Hampton Court Palace by the Year 4 children as part of their topic on The Tudors and a visit to the different Olympic Sites as part of the Year 5 topic on London and the Olympics. Some children were also selected to visit the Houses of Parliament recently during our 'Parliament Week' and other children visited Westminster Cathedral for a special Advent Service.
We also have very close links with local secondary schools and some of the Year 6 children have recently visited St Gregorys for both Science and Maths lessons. Other opportunities for learning in the community include visits to the Brent Museum, which is based at Willesden Library and visits to the Welsh Harp Educational Centre.
Throughout the year there are a large number of occasions when individuals or companies are invited into the school for workshops, assemblies or themed days to further the children's learning. Recent examples include a Tudor day, a Victorian day, a workshop about safety for Years 3 and 4 and a visit from St Josephs Pastoral Centre to coincide with our 'Disability Awareness Week'. We have also been fortunate to have a visit from our local MP Sarah Teather, who opened our new 'Peace Garden' and spoke to the children about the role of an MP as part of our 'Parliament Week'.