‘Engaging’, ‘brilliant’ and ‘fantastic’: just three of the words teachers have used to describe their school trip experiences at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort.
The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort’s ethos is all about allowing pupils of all ages to engage and explore through creative and imaginative play. The resort’s offer of theme park rides and attractions combined with interactive educational workshops makes it a strong contender for school teachers seeking somewhere engaging to take a school trip.
The resort is an exciting venue for learning outside the classroom and most suitable for Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 pupils – although there are experiences available for pre-school and younger school pupils (particularly in the DUPLO® Valley area where children can enjoy Brickville and the landscape is designed for exploring and playing).
Schools can use a National Curriculum Map to navigate their way around the resort, making sure they tie in all of their learning objectives whilst they enjoy over 55 rides and attractions.
Other top attractions for visiting school groups at the LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort include Miniland, where model scenes feature nearly 40 million LEGO® Bricks, and the LEGO® 4D Movie Theatre – a 4D film with wind, snow, fire and lighting effects. A LEGO® Brick Submarine underwater adventure ride is also bound to attract the attention of pupils, so don’t miss experiencing the Atlantis Submarine Voyage.
Pupils visiting the park can also partake in one of 12 curriculum focused workshops where hands-on learning is key.
All of the workshops are led by the LEGO® Education Academy Certified Education Team. This means that all workshops are finely tuned to complement the National Curriculum – with a LEGO® twist. Pupils can learn about STEM, English, Art, Geography and History to name but a few.
The LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort also provides a number of resources on its website to help teachers prepare for their school trip. Teachers can download permission slips to send home to parents and access a Risk Assessment form. There is also information regarding Teacher to Student Ratios and Ride Height & Age Restrictions to assist in pre-planning for the day.
2020: What’s in store for pupils?
New for 2020 will be the Mosaic Masters workshop, available to Key Stage 1-2 students. This workshop ties in Art and History with a unique LEGO twist. The session explores the history of mosaics and famous LEGO artists who still use the technique today. Students will then design and build a LEGO Mosaic themselves using a wide range of inspiration and examples covered in the workshop.
Also new and improved for 2020 are the LEGO Robotics Primary and Secondary Workshops. Bringing Science to life, this session allows students to explore Robotics utilising the LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 Sets and the LEGO Education MINDSTORMS EV3 systems.
In groups, students will build and program their own interactive LEGO model whilst covering key Computing topics such as algorithms, Boolean, repetition in programs, debugging & inputs and outputs.
Linking to the English, Art & Design curriculum for Pre-School, Key Stages 1 and 2 is the new and improved LEGO® Story Maker session. The aim of this workshop is to spark creativity, boost reading, writing, speaking and listening skills through building scenes with LEGO Bricks and LEGO Minifigures. Schools are encouraged to continue their stories back in the classroom and send them back to LEGOLAND for the team to read and enjoy.
School groups planning a visit in 2020 will be welcomed aboard the world’s first DUPLO coaster, set in the heart of the bigger and even better DUPLO Valley! Take your seat upon the DUPLO brick Dinosaur and hold on tight as you soar round the Park. This dinosaur themed delight is the perfect first rollercoaster experience for little explorers and even grown-ups too!
Other examples of workshops that are suitable for Primary & Secondary school pupils include:
- Around the World: Pupils identify and locate the earth’s continents and oceans on the bespoke LEGO® map. Ideal for Key Stage 1-2 students, linked to Geography, the session explores famous landmarks, animals and buildings.
- Underwater Creatures: Dive into the amazing underwater world of the Deep Sea Adventure during this workshop for KS 1&2. Students learn about the characteristics of underwater creatures and their habitats.
- LEGO® Castle Builder: Linked to KS1 Design & Technology, pupils design and construct their own LEGO® Brick castle following the key principles of a sound structural design.
- LEGO®, Camera, Action: Students collaborate and create their very own LEGO® Movie in this workshop. It links to Computing and English for Key Stage 2 and 3 with pupils working in pairs to show understanding of computer design within a creative environment.