Subject Trips

The English College is an academic school and therefore effective teaching and learning is our priority. Teaching does not take place only in the classroom, but also elsewhere. Almost all Faculties organise educational trips in Prague – as part of Prague Programme – and also around the Czech Republic. This gives students an exceptional opportunity to connect what they have learnt in school with real life situations.



Czech

Every year, the Czech Faculty takes students on a literature trip, such as the Mácha or Karel Čapek Trip. Students visit the places connected with the author’s life, read texts written by or about the author; they read their correspondence, but above all, they discuss their unique life stories and the impact of their literary work. Discussions that take place in a beautiful natural setting have a very special flavour and make these trips unforgettable both for students and their teachers.

English

Whilst opportunities for English language and literature trips in Prague are limited, we take Year 1 students to the Old Town to research and produce brochures and guides for tourists. In addition, a member of the department runs the Theatre-going ECA and we are planning to revive our trips to the UK. In past years, upper school students have been involved in trips to Bath and to the Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Arts

Various trips and excursions are organised by the Arts Faculty, under the Prague Programme. The faculty makes excellent use of the cultural institutions available in the Czech Republic and further afield. Trips in the Visual Arts have previously included Dresden, Vienna, Venice, Rome, Amsterdam and Paris – allowing students to enrich their cultural appreciation and expand their visual understanding by viewing both traditional and contemporary art forms.

Modern Languages

The Modern Languages Department organises four trips every year, one for each of the foreign languages we teach:

  • A trip to Russia, normally in Term 1, visits either to Moscow or St Petersburg. It is a largely cultural visit because the students’ language skills are still at an elementary level.
  • A German trip to Berlin is organised for Year 3 students every year. This is a mixture of language and cultural activities, with students visiting the key tourist sites in the German capital. They learn a lot about German history, and it complements their studies of the First and Second World Wars as part of their History course.
  • The French Exchange is organised annually. French students visit us in one term, and we visit them in Nantes the next. This is an excellent opportunity for our students to experience life in a French family.
  • There is an annual trip to Spain and students visit Madrid or Barcelona, where they have a chance to practise their language skills and learn a lot about Spanish culture.

Humanities

The Humanities Faculty organises a number of trips each year. These are mostly day trips to local places of interest, such as the annual visit to the Škoda factory, which is run by the Geography Department or our History students’ walking tour of renaissance sites in Prague city centre.

Most years there is a also an overseas tour visit to the battlefields in northern France. This gives students the opportunity to enrich their understanding of the First World War. There is also a trip to the Sudetenland, as a part of the start of year trips programme. This affords our students a unique experience of talking with veterans from both sides of the Second World War in this most turbulent area of the conflict.

Science

As an integral aspect of both the IB and Pre-IB courses, students monitor, analyse and evaluate conditions in several local ecosystems. They investigate how changing abiotic factors affect the abundance and diversity of local flora and fauna. This helps the development of their knowledge and understanding of human effects on ecosystems and inculcates a wider appreciation of both the fragility and resilience of natural systems.

Library

In preparation for the completion of their Extended Essay, Year 5 students visit the National Technical Library (NTK) in Prague to learn about the facilities on offer and to complete a workshop on how to retrieve, evaluate and use the resources that they can access through their membership of the NTK.