Y3 trip to Kew Gardens

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  • Y3 trip to Kew Gardens

    24/11/2017 -

    Thursday 2nd November 2017

    Dear Parents,

    Year 3 trip to Kew Gardens

    As part of our current topic on rainforests, we will be visiting Kew Gardens, Richmond, TW9 3AE on Friday 24th November. The day will include a visit to the famous glasshouses with a ninety minute educational session exploring the complex rainforest habitat and a variety of rainforest plants. Weather permitting, we also hope to take the ‘Treetop Walk’ to give children an idea of what it would be like to look down on the canopy layer of a rainforest. We will be leaving school at 09:15 and are due to return to the school at 15:45.

    Children should come to school in their school uniform on the day, wearing suitable footwear for plenty of walking. This can either be sturdy shoes, walking boots or trainers. As the visit is at the end of November, the weather may be cold and wet so they will also need a warm, waterproof coat, ideally with a hood. All children will need to bring a packed lunch and plenty of water for the day in a named rucksack. We recommend around one litre of water; a small carton of fruit juice will not be enough. The children will be carrying their own rucksack during the day and we will be bringing home all packed lunch wrappings and empty bottles. Therefore, it might be useful to include a spare carrier bag inside their rucksacks. If your child receives free school meals, and you would like the school to provide a packed lunch on the day, please indicate this on the permission slip. We will have an opportunity to visit the shop so children can bring up to £5 in a named purse or wallet. They will be responsible for their own money on the day.

    Any children suffering with travel sickness should be given their medicine at home before coming into school and parents should provide class teachers with any medicine to be taken before the return journey. You will need to complete a green form at the office, authorising the administration of medicine. This should also be handed to class teachers on the morning of the trip.     

    The cost of the trip is £15 and payments and permission slips need to be handed in no later than Friday 17th November 2017. If your child is in receipt of pupil premium, the school will pay the £15 to cover the cost of the trip, in line with the government’s policy.

    Given the recent events in London and Europe, we have revisited our upcoming school trips. Staff remain committed to supervising and running these enrichment activities. There is no advice against visits to venues and locations within the UK, including London. The threat level within the UK has been set at Severe again (which it has been for the past 48 months). The Home Office advises caution and awareness at all times, but does not advise the cancelling of activities in general.

    After further discussion with the Off-site and Outdoor Advisory Service for Bracknell Forest, we have made the decision that we will not be cancelling any visits, unless the situation changes.

    If you do not wish your son or daughter to take part in an upcoming visit, then please inform the teacher responsible as soon as possible. I am afraid we are not insured for cancellation for this reason and we cannot refund any payments made in lieu of the visit.

    Yours sincerely,

    Mrs Fish                                Mr Forsaith                          Miss Horner  

    I give permission for …………………………………………………………… (child’s name) to attend the Year 3 trip to Kew Gardens on Friday 24th November 2017 and I enclose payment of £15 (not required for pupils in receipt of pupil premium funding)

     

    I do / do not require a school packed lunch for my child (please delete as appropriate) 

    Contact number during the trip: ……………………………………………..

    Signed   ……………………………………………………………………..  (Parent/Carer)

    Print name ………………………………………………………………….

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