Aspire2 Trips Programme
Aspire2 provides aid and funding for several summer trips throughout the year for both the community and school children and Whitley. Aspire2 works with Ufton Court and other holiday providers to ensure families who cannot afford a summer family holiday get the opportunity to enjoy spending time away with those they most care about. Please read below for more details of these trips and to receive regular updates on trips and more, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
Family Day Trips 2017-2018:
Aspire2 & WEC are pleased to be able to offer more day trips in 2017-2018 for South Reading families. The days will be taking place during the Easter, summer, October and Christmas holidays. Look out for the flyers and calendar of events to be circulated in schools. For more information please contact Sarah King. In exceptional circumstances, funding may be available through Aspire2 to fund trips.
Day Trips Summer 2016-2017:
Aspire2’s day trips offers the local residents the opportunity to experience places outside the Reading area, visiting particular places that families would not necessary visit due to cost and transport.
These trips have been well attended and there has been a slight increase in participant numbers for all the trips even though we only had 3 day trips in the summer this year and one less primary school taking part. In previous years 2015/16 participant numbers totalled 278 and this year numbers totalled 291.
Once again, we saw some of the same families accessing the programme of trips, as this is a vital opportunity for them to have days out as a family with transport laid on when they do not have access to this. One of the families, who attend all three of the day trips said, “...this was the best day ever and [we]did not want it to end”, after spending the day in Legoland.
Over the year the trip programme has been as follows:
- In December 2016, we sold 300 tickets to the ‘Snow White’ Panto at the Hexagon. The performance was on Thursday 22nd of December and many of our families enjoyed this theatre experience.
- In April 2017 in the Easter holidays, we provided an opportunity for our Year 2 children to spend the day at Ufton Court following a themed day on the book ‘The Stick Man’. We ran 2 days where the children had lots of fun playing Pooh sticks, building their own stick man and bed for the stick man to sleep on out of willow.
- Also during the Easter holidays we ran a family day trip to Ufton Court where families experienced team building activities and spending quality time together in the outdoors.
- During the Summer holidays we ran 3 day trips to Weymouth, Legoland and Marwell zoo.
Forest Skills Programme 2016-2017:
Forest Immersion trips to Ufton Court continued in 2016/2017 with pupils from the six WEC primary schools attending. This year the six schools have been split into two groups to provide more places for each individual schools. Activities support children in building resilience, self-esteem, curriculum knowledge, wider friendships and understanding – skills that can be transferred back into the classroom and life in general.
For the first time this year, one of the groups stayed in the Manor House. A Tudor banquet was held and everyone got into the spirit of the evening by dressing in Tudor clothes. We learnt traditional Tudor style dancing and ate as the Tudors did ….no forks! This was all set against the beautiful backdrop of Ufton Court at Christmas time.
Other activities have included low ropes, archery, looking after animals on the farm, fire lighting, cooking and invasion games in the woods. We have also learnt about air resistance by building a parachute to protect a falling egg, creating paper aeroplanes, frisbee fun and building a kite. We have learnt about forces by building rocket cars, water bottle rockets, making a compass and learning why bricks are staggered. We have also improved our navigation skills through activities such as orienteering, photomapping and geocaching. We have learnt about design: challenging each other to build the highest constructions out of bamboo canes and string, building a strong bridge and creating shelters.
Other activities include learning about how animals adapt to the environment, team building and problem solving games, health and well-being; including creating delicious smoothies!