19th - 21st July 2022

Culture, exploration and learning.
What will you discover?

This year our Discovery Week is for Year 7-10. 
25+ different experiences, carefully curated by our staff.  

Making Your Choice

All selections must be made on Eventbrite website by 28th November

You will have to book using your child’s Barr Beacon School email address.

Ensure you book using your child’s name rather than your own.

After this time we will begin to place pupils on trips/visits.

Note

You will book via Eventbrite. Each trip is limited on numbers. 

The cost will then be added on Wisepay. Failure to pay according to payment schedule will mean the place is given to another pupil.

Once you’ve booked on Eventbrite, WE WILL NOT CHANGE bookings.

We will not issue returns of money for any trip unless in exceptional circumstances.

Some trips fill very quickly. You may have to make a second choice.

Trips may have to be altered depending on the companies we are working with. If this happens, we will work hard to provide a similar experience for the pupils.

Discovery Week Options

Click below to read more about each activity. 

Visit cost: £120
Total number of places available: 60
Payment schedule deadlines: 1st December - £50, 1st Feb - £70

Immerse yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter, exploring the books and films and becoming an honorary witch or wizard for the week – includes day trips to Oxford and the Harry Potter Studio Tour!

Day One 19.07.22
Pupils receive their Hogwarts letter. Travel to Oxford to view Harry Potter filming locations. Visit an Oxford museum to sample “Muggle” culture.  

Day Two 20.07.22
Pupils start the day by being sorted into their houses. Later, they participate in Harry-Potter-themed games on school site, including Muggle Quidditch and writing for the Daily Prophet. Pupils watch a screening of one of the Harry Potter films. 

Day Three 21.07.22
Travel to The Making of Harry Potter Warner Bros Studio Tour in London. Marvel at the props and sets used in the films. 

Visit cost: £120
Total number of places available: 15
Payment schedule deadlines: 1st December - £60, 1st Feb - £60

Explore the concepts of justice and the law, develop your skills of argument and persuasion and find out what our legal system is all about. 

Day One 19.07.22
Talk by criminal barrister to develop an understanding of the UK legal system.
Find out about the ideas addressed in To Kill a Mockingbird

Day Two 20.07.22
Early start!
Visit to Royal Courts of Justice – The Strand London
TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, Gielgud Theatre, London – Matinee performance
Late finish!

Day Three 21.07.22
Murder mystery activity. (Agatha Christie investigation followed by mock trial.) Teams divide into defence or prosecution to develop their use of language to persuade using ‘evidence’ provided.

Visit cost: Free
Total number of places available: 30 - 50

Onsite activities creating a stop motion animation and a dramatic performance inspired by Tolkien’s creation The Lord of The Rings.

Day One 19.07.22
Inspiration viewing of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings focusing on the battle scenes. 

Day Two 20.07.22 
Story board and create characters for own stop motion scene utilizing the inspiration from the battle scenes. You can begin filming today! 

Day Three 21.07.22
You will have the opportunity to edit your recordings after you have completed your films and show case your talents to the rest of the group. 

  

 

 

 

Visit cost: £35
Total number of places available: 14
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December – £35

Three days of martial arts training at the BCMAA academy. Catering for all abilities (including complete beginners) 

Day One 19.07.22
Fitness, introductions, skill level analysis, the basics.

Day Two 20.07.22
Pad work: punches, kicks, elbows, knees, and practical applications.

Day Three 21.07.22
Sparring rules, sparring techniques, and line work.

Visit cost: £20
Total number of places available: 15
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £20

Learn how to write and perform your own Slam Poetry taking inspiration from a professional poet! 

Day One 19.07.22
Onsite: What is a poetry slam?
Introduction to the term and examples performed by Megan Beech (Poetry Slam Champion)
Videos shown of Birmingham based poets speaking openly about the city to provide context of expectations

Day Two 20.07.22
Offsite: pupils to travel into Birmingham to visit landmarks to get inspiration for their City based poem

Day Three 21.07.22
Onsite: pupils to write, rehearse and perform their poetry slams

Visit cost: £140
Total number of places available: 150
Payment schedule deadline : 1st December - £50, 1st February - £90

Push yourself to the limits on this fantastic trip where you will get the opportunity to take on the UK’s best rollercoaster, climbing walls, caving experiences and reportedly the UK’s biggest Aquapark. *Please note the itinerary order will vary for each year group.

Day One 19.07.22
Alton Towers
Long held as one the UK’s best theme parks, Alton Towers will give you the opportunity to test your bravery on rides such as The Wickerman, Nemesis and Air.

Day Two 20.07.22
Cliff Lakes
Set in the lovely surroundings of Kingsbury, Cliff Lakes will give you the opportunity to try a variety of water activities including paddle boarding. The trip will culminate in you being able to have a go on a newly extended Aquapark with slides, diving boards and challenges galore.

Day Three 21.07.22
Wolf Mountain
How high can you climb up a climbing wall, how long can you stay in tight spaces in the caving simulator and how long can you hang on the bouldering wall? This is your opportunity to find out the answers to above amongst others as you take on a day of adrenaline-filled activities.

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 25

Investigating the links between mathematics and art.

Day One 19.07.22
Pupils will investigate 3 mathematical processes which produce artistic patterns: fractals, curve stitching and Fibbonaci sequences.

Day Two 20.07.22
Exploring the visual elements and artistic techniques to add tone, colour and texture to their work. Pupils will experiment with a range of materials and equipment.

Day Three 21.07.22
Pupils will produce a final outcome focusing on one of the 3 mathematical processes from day 1 and applying one of the techniques they learnt in day 2 to create a large work of art.

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 20

Investigating the links between mathematics and board games.

Day One 19.07.22
Chess, Draughts, Backgammon and Logic Puzzles.
How does maths link to logic puzzles?

Day Two 20.07.22
Carousel of board games with a mathematical link including Monopoly, Rummikub, Triolet, Yahtzee, Labyrinth. In each game, we will decide how lucky or skilful you need to be to win.

How does maths link to the game shows on TV? We will watch some clips from shows such as Deal or No Deal, Play your Cards Right and have a go ourselves after thinking about the maths involved.

Day Three 21.07.22
So you think you can win? What is the probability of winning a game, does it change if you were to go first or last?

Design your own board game incorporating some of the tactics we have learnt throughout the week and then play and review each other’s.

Visit cost: £100
Total number of places available: 30
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £50, 1st February - £50

Enjoy the Local (and not so local) wildlife!

Day One 19.07.22
Twycross Zoo
Leave: 9am, Return: 3pm
Lunch: packed lunch
Pupils will be able to go around the zoo at their leisure.

Day Two 20.07.22
West Midlands Safari
Leave: 9am, Return: 4pm
Lunch: Packed lunch
Pupils will get to go around the park in the coach with a ranger and then have access to the zoo and rides.

Day Three 21.07.22
Animal Man and Horse Riding (On-site)
Lunch: Pizza
Pupils will have either a morning or afternoon at the local riding school. Here they will have a riding lesson and learn about the horses. The other session will be spent with the animal man in school. Please wear trainers and tracksuit bottoms. No Jeans. (If you have riding clothes they are fine).

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 48

A three-day, school-based, science fun activity programme.

Day One 19.07.22
Movie Magic
A day of creating special effects with science knowledge.

Day Two 20.07.22
Kitchen Chemistry
A carousel of kitchen science using store-cupboard ingredients.

Day Three 21.07.22
Rocket Science.
Building and testing model rockets and model landing modules designed to protect the precious cargo of one raw egg.

Visit cost: £165
Total number of places available: 50
Payment schedule deadlines: 1st December- £50, 1st February £115

A chance to feel the force at the UKs top theme park and ride Europe's longest zip wire, if that wasn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping you will also get to attend the Bear Grylls experience at the NEC.

Day One 19.07.22
NEC Birmingham
Leave 9am
Return 3pm (Subject to change)
Students get to experience a High Ropes Course, Archery and Climbing as well as Royal Marines Inspired Assault Course at the NEC Bear Grylls adventure site.

High Ropes Medical Information

Day Two 20.07.22
Alton Towers
Leave 9am
Return: 5:00pm
Students get to feel the force at one of the UKs premier theme parks.

Day Three 21.07.22
Zip World
Leave: 7:45
Return around 6pm
Using a system of trampolines bigger than St Pauls Cathedral bounce and slide your way through this disused mine on the best playground ever! Then, using Europe’s first four-person zip line experience 1 kilometre four-person parallel zipping action.

Medical Information - Zip World

Visit cost: £105
Total number of places available: 30
Payment schedule deadlines: 1st December - £50, 1st February - £55

Experience how modern science, technology and engineering shape our lives and take part in your own hands-on challenges! 

Day One 19.07.22
Thinktank Birmingham and the Bear Grylls Adventure Park
In the morning, explore Thinktank’s incredible 360 degree planetarium, with a virtual tour through nuclear research laboratories. In the afternoon, test your limits by climbing specially engineered high-ropes at the Bear Grylls Adventure Park.

Day Two 20.07.22
STEMgineers Build and Drive Workshop: RC vehicles
Spend the day building your own radio-controlled vehicle, before taking part in a series of thrilling driving skills and challenges with it! Trained engineers will join us on site at school to build and test your own vehicles.

Day Three 21.07.22
National Space Centre Visit and Workshops
Tour the night sky in the National Space Centre’s planetarium before taking part in a workshop about life in space. Could you be an astronaut? Complete challenges and experiments just like a real astronaut to find out how they live in space.

Visit cost: £10
Total number of places available: 80
Payment schedule deadline – 1st December - £10

If you enjoy playing football then join Soccer School to play football all day long!

All Week.
Football skill sessions followed by tournaments.

Visit cost: £85
Total number of places available: 30
Payment schedule deadlines : 1st December - £50, 1st January - £35

An inspired combination of practical drama, dance and circus skills, as well as the chance to be an audience member.

Day One 19.07.22
Dance workshop from Lincoln University.
Gazebo Theatre Circus Skills.

Day Two 20.07.22
A backstage theatre tour of Birmingham Rep Theatre.
A visit to Birmingham Hippodrome to watch ‘We will rock you’.

Day Three 21.07.22
Physical Theatre workshop.

Visit cost: £120
Total number of places available: 48
Payment schedule deadlines: 1st December - £50, 1st February - £70

3 days of thrilling outdoor adventurous activities.

Day One 19.07.22
Bear Grylls Adventure.
Rock Climbing
Archery
Assault Course

Day Two 20.07.22
Snow Dome.
Ice Skating
Tabogganing
Fluming and Inflatable fun

Day Three 21.07.22
Aztec Adventure, Upton Warren.
Canoeing
Aqua Park

Visit cost: £35
Total number of places available: 30
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £35

An exciting opportunity to learn about the tastes and recipes of international food.

Day One 19.07.22
Research and discuss French foods
Learn key vocabulary for ordering in a restaurant
Use your drama skills to create a role play set in France

Day Two 20.07.22
French restaurant experience. Your classroom will be transformed into a French restaurant and with the aid of props and food, you will be transported to Paris.

Day Three 21.07.22
In the morning, you will be researching and make a presentation about a food speciality from another country
Lunch – at a Restaurant. In the afternoon, you will return to school to bake a tasty treat

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 20

Broaden your horizons and experience cultures from around the world.

Day One 19.07.22
Japan
-Introduction to Japanese vocabulary, name and numbers
-Manga drawing
-Creation of your own Manga comic strip
-Origami practice
-Origami iris folding

Day Two 20.07.22
Europe - France
-Introduction to International Postcard project
-Learn vocab to prepare for writing postcard
-Write and send postcard to another European country
-Make a pinata (ready for the celebration event on day three)
-Petanque tournament

Day Three 21.07.22
Europe - Spain
-Learn about European traditions and ‘what not to dos’.
-Spanish holiday role play
-Decorate and fill the pinata
-Learn about festivals and customs in different countries
Celebration: Pinata party

Visit cost: £76
Total number of places available: 40
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £76

An opportunity to explore social and animal interactions and consumer habits whilst having fun.  

Day One 19.07.22
Pupils visit Twycross Zoo looking at social behaviour, how animals interact within a social group, learning how to behave in a social group.

Day Two 20.07.22
Pupils visit Merry Hill Shopping Centre – looking at socialisation, consumerism and capitalism with the opportunity to go shopping with friends.
Lunch at Pizza Hut.

Day Three 21.07.22
Pupils visit Drayton Manor - a chance to have an exhilarating day with friends.

Visit cost: £35
Total number of places available: 40
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £35

Spend a week travelling to some of our best local history sites; learning how and why the West Midlands has shaped Britain. 

Day One 19.07.22
RAF Cosford
Cosford- coach to Cosford, planned visit by staff to all hangers based on previous experiences. Focus on Cold War and WWII History.

Day Two 20.07.22
Black Country Living Museum
Black Country Museum- pupils in small groups to go to the mine, school, town shops and canal/dockyards to explore the museum and make links to local history.

Day Three 21.07.22
VE Day Celebration
Historical themed VE Day- complete activities within department based on VE day celebrations.

Visit cost: £20
Total number of places available: 25
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £20

This trip will be an opportunity to delve deeper into the topic of psychology, discover yourself and create mind-blowing experiments.  

Day One 19.07.22
Psychfy: Psychology movie day! Students will be watching the following film: Inside out and a David Attenborough documentary. We will use our psychological knowledge to analyse what we watch. Snack baskets provided.

Day Two 20.07.22
Psychology self-care day:
Students will have the opportunity to participate in mindfulness activities. They will be taught how to look after their mental health. In the afternoon they will take part in some mental health themed crafts. Visual illusions colouring, vision boards and psychology games.
We will reconnect with nature and have lunch on the field.

Day Three 21.07.22
Experiment Day:
Students will be shown how psychology is all around us by seeing and partaking in real-life experiments. In the afternoon they will design their own experiments and present them to the rest of their peers.

Visit cost: £55
Total number of places available: 40
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £55

This trip will be an opportunity to discover the amazing places on your doorstep! 

Day One 19.07.22
A visit to Chasewater Country Park. Time to explore the park and enjoy a picnic. Enjoy a 1 hour instructor led Paddleboarding session. A change of clothes is a must!

Day Two 20.07.22
Visit the amazing Sealife Centre in Birmingham to discover the amazing creature that live off the coast of the UK and beyond.

Day Three 21.07.22
A chance to visit Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens. Enjoy the day wandering around the gardens and understanding how biodiverse our planet is whilst investigating all of the different ecosystems we have on the planet.

Visit cost: £60
Total number of places available: 25
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £60

Enjoy creating and tasting foods from around the world! 

Day One 19.07.22
All day cooking in school a variety of sweet and savoury dishes from around the world.

Day Two 20.07.22
Morning cooking followed by a trip to an all you can eat buffet lunch – yummy!

Day Three 21.07.22
All day - Cadbury World, chocolate heaven!

Visit cost: £480
Total number of places available: 80
Payment schedule: - 1st December - £125, 1st January - £150, 1st March - £205

This trip includes all accommodation at a centre just outside Paris, transport and activities. All meals (from Monday evening) are also included. This trip departs on Monday 18th July. More information and parental meetings will take place later in the term. Immerse yourself in the arts in Paris.

Day One 18.07.22
Travelling to Paris
Evening entertainment

Day Two 19.07.22
Disneyland Paris
Evening entertainment

Day Three 20.07.22
Visit to the Louvre
Visit to the Eiffel Tower
River cruise down the Seine

Day Four 21.07.22
Travelling home

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 20

Create and share your own film.

Day One 19.07.22
Watch & analyse existing films
Create planning for your own short film

Day Two 20.07.22
Film & edit your own short film

Day Three 21.07.22
Edit & screen your own short film

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 30

Coding and Lego programming

Day One 19.07.22
Build and program Lego ROBOTs
Using SPIKE prime software in School

Day Two 20.07.22
Use the Raspberry Pi to control different pieces of hardware Programming

Day Three 21.07.22
Develop Games using KODU to create interactive 3D games.

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 30

Getting to know the great outdoors on your doorstep

Day One 19.07.22
Introduction to maps and compasses and their use in planning day excursions. Practice skills using the micro navigation course in school. Pacing and Timing

Day Two 20.07.22
Guided trip around local area using map and compass. Plan day excursion around Sutton Park

Day Three 21.07.22
Day trip to Sutton Park.

Visit cost: FREE
Total number of places available: 50

A range of fun sporting activities with competitions and praise points.

Day One 19.07.22
A range of sporting activities such as football, basketball, badminton and more.

Day Two 20.07.22
A range of sporting activities such as football, basketball, badminton and more.

Day Three 21.07.22
A range of sporting activities such as football, basketball, badminton and more.

Visit cost: £20
Total number of places available: 20
Payment schedule deadline: 1st December - £20

An invaluable exploration of careers in health care and medicine.

For many of our pupils aspiring to work in health care or medicine, this is the perfect opportunity to help develop the CV!

Opportunities are likely to include:

·       University medical school visit day

·       Tour of a hospital

·        First aid training course

·       Fundraising for local hospitals

·       Alumni advice session