School Visits

Mallard Primary School believes that educational visits are an integral part of the entitlement of every pupil to an effective and balanced curriculum. Appropriately planned visits are known to enhance learning and improve attainment, and so form a key part of what makes Mallard Primary School a supportive and effective learning environment.

Educational Visits Policy


Here are some of our most recent school visits:

Foundation Stage - Kirklees Light Railway

Reception children enjoyed a fun day at Kirklees Light Railway. The children were able to watch the engine being turned around on a turntable before we had a journey on a narrow gauge steam train from Clayton West to Shelley station.

We had a tour of the engine sheds and had the wonderful opportunity to have a ride on a miniature train and use the themed adventure play grounds. The highlight of the day was a train ride through the beautiful countryside.

Year 1 - Squirrel Wood

Year 1 had a brilliant morning out at Squirrel wood on Wednesday. Our visit was based on the story 'The Gruffalo' by Julia Donaldson. We started off with a character hunt where we found the Gruffalo characters from the book and then built them some cosy homes to stay in out of natural materials. We showed fantastic 'learning together' skills to plan and build our shelters. We then made pictures of the animals using natural materials and put them in a wooden photo frame made from sticks. We finished the session of by cooking the Gruffalo's favourite treat, pop corn on the fire. 

Year 2 Castle Museum York

On 26th November, Year 2 visited York Castle Museum. We explored the Victorian Christmas exhibits and imagined what Christmas would have been like in those times. We also made coconut ice to eat and cornucopias to fill with sweets and hang on the Christmas tree. Afterwards, we all sang Christmas carols on the Victorian street. It was a magical visit which we all enjoyed enormously!

Year 3 - National Railway Museum York

Year 3 have thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the National Railway Museum in York this week as part of their new topic - 126 MPH!  In keeping with the theme of the topic, the children travelled to York on the train from Doncaster Train Station: a first-time experience for many of the children, and one which was enjoyed by all.  High points of the visit included the 'Need for Speed' workshop, where children were taken on a whirlwind tour of the innovations in rail travel throughout history and beyond, and encountering the 'Mallard' train itself, in all its glory.  The children's behaviour was exemplary throughout the visit, and they have come back to school buzzing to put their new-found knowledge into their learning.

Year 4 - Royal Armouries 

On Tuesday 18th December, Year 4 went to visit the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The children were treated to a special workshop all about the Romans. Firstly, they were greeted by a member of the Iceni tribe who gathered the children round her camp to tell them the story of the tribe and all about their relationship with the Romans and Boudicca. As the story came to an end, a Roman soldier burst into the room and took the children off to learn how to become a Roman Soldier. The children were shown how to march, hold shields and form a ‘testudo’ formation. They were also able to try out Roman armour and a Roman helmet. After lunch, the children had the opportunity to explore the museum. A fun day was had by all!

Year 5 - Eden Camp

The Y5's had a fantastic time learning all about World War 2 at Eden camp on the 12th September.

We got to experience what it was like during a blackout and the Blitz and discovered interesting information ranging from rationing and evacuations to Land Girls and U-boats.

The children said that they had a fantastic time and it sparked many questions, which will help us to delve deeper into our topic for this half term.

Year 6 - Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Children from Year 6 visited the Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet in Sheffield to gain a better understanding about what life was like during the Industrial Revolution. They took part in a number of workshops including a cookery demonstration and the making of steel!