ORA’s enrichment programme is diverse and action-packed. Our excursions and activities aim to develop students outside of the classroom, exposing them to new experiences that will help them progress in all future pursuits at school, university and beyond.
Please note that these are example enrichment activities, which may change from year to year and vary according to age group and locations.
Hazmat suits, goggles and gloves await those brave enough to join the CSI Masterclass. Passing the alarming yellow tape, students must explore the scene of a (mock) crime and scour it for clues, before they test their analytical skills in the lab. Dusting for prints, bagging evidence and even constructing a facial composite to hunt down the criminal, every aspect of crime scene investigation is explored. A series of high-tech equipment aids the detectives on their way, including laptops and moulding material, giving them the best chance of apprehending the suspect.
Those with an interest in engineering or desire to create functioning technological vehicles love our fan-powered car workshop. Each student is given a kit that includes everything they need to construct their cars. With help from the teacher, the vehicles come to life and are pieced together to produce a functioning, fan-powered car!
The chance to understand the chemistry involved in making soap is offered via the Soap Science Masterclass. Students are initially taught about the scientific processes involved with making soap, before grabbing some gloves and trying the process for themselves. Exciting shapes and colours are available, so students can personalise their bars of soap. When they finish, the soap is given to the students to keep or take home for a gift.
A fully-immersive and exhilarating workshop, the Stock Market Challenge introduces students to the fast-paced world of trading in a fun and dynamic environment. Teams are given a selection of stocks and shares, which they must trade with each other as they aim to make a profit. A fluctuating board at the front of the room notes the changing prices of the stocks, encouraging students to quickly make their trades before the market turns against them. It is an informative and entertaining way to teach students about the complex world of trade.
The chance to visit London’s West End and see renowned shows is often the favourite excursion of ORA summer students. With a variety of critically-acclaimed performances available, students could be lucky enough to watch Wicked, Les Misérables, The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock or many other possibilities.
The London Sealife is spread over a network of aquatic zones, where sharks, rays, fish and even octopi drift serenely above, below and alongside their visitors. Become immersed in the underwater world and observe sea creatures going about their business.
The London Dungeons are a network of dark chambers and tunnels telling the gruesome history of the city. Actors and live shows provide an immersive and chilling experience, as visitors as whisked throughout the bloody past of England’s capital city. Visitors are encouraged to scream throughout their visit, culminating with some exhilarating rides to top off the thrilling experience.
The London Eye provides a stunning perspective of London’s skyline, as visitors slowly glide around the 443-foot wheel in the safety of glass pods. Seeing some of the city’s most iconic landmarks from above provides tourists with a unique bird’s eye view over world-famous structures.
Established in 1881, the Natural History Museum has collected some of the finest natural specimens in the world. These rare and stunning samples can be seen on display throughout the architectural wonder of the museum, which includes exhibits on botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. See the skeletons of dinosaurs, preserved specimens of deep water creatures and the wondrous collections of rare and exotic gems in this marvellous museum.