St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School

St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School,
West Close Road, Barnoldswick
BB18 5EN

01282 813045

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Our School Trips

At St. Joseph's we offer a variety of educational trips to all the children. Below are some of our most recent trips.


Class 1 visit to Clitheroe Castle

As part of their topic of Castles, Kings and Queens, Class 1 visited Clitheroe Castle.  They had a fantastic time exploring the grounds , learning how castles were build and what it was like to live in one in the past. 

Meeting the author Frank English.

Children in Key Stage 2 had the opportunity to go to the Civic Hall in Barnoldswick and meet Frank English, the author of the Magic Parcel series of books.   The children learned how Mr English found ideas for his books and the process of writing.  

Class 2 Visit to Gazegills Farm

Class 2 went to Gazegills Farm and had a super day out!

A lady called Faery showed us around and we saw so many animals, a pig and her new piglets, sheep, goats, horses and some very noisy turkeys!  We saw how to make ice-cream and went on a tractor ride around some beautiful country lanes.  Faery taught us all some sign language for the different animals. 

' My favourite bit was holding the kittens.' James

We are looking forward to returning in the Spring to visit the baby lambs. 

Visit to Brockholes

In July the whole school went on an amazing visit to Brockholes nature reserve.  The children in Key Stage 1 had a wonderful time exploring the reserve, where they learned about  lots of interesting plants, trees and wildlife.  They also created environmental art which they displayed in the woodland.  The children in Key Stage 2 had an equally exciting time, den building and learning how to light camp fires safely using flints. They then used the camp fire to  toast delicious marshmallows.  

Visit to Hindu Temple

The children in Years 4, 5 and 6 enjoyed a fabulous and extremely informative day out in Manchester when they  visited the Iskcon Hindu Temple.
During the visit to the temple they were captivated by the stories of Krishna, told through the Hindu Scripture 'Bhagarad Gita'. Some lucky children dressed up and we all got to wear a bindi and eat some special cinnamon cookies.  Our teacher at the temple, Tribhangananda, taught us some greetings and a few groups performed a traditional stick dance. 

Museum of Science and Industry

After our trip to the Hindu temple in Manchester, we visited the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester where the children were amazed by the array of aeroplanes, trains and machinery.

Visit to Sikh Temple

As part of our R.E. curriculum, where we learn about other faiths, Years 2 and 3 visited a Sikh Gurdwara in Preston.  The children learned more about the Sikh faith and the holy book the Guru Granth Sahib. They also took part in a recreation of a Sikh wedding ceremony.  As well as  listening to some traditional Sikh music, they additionally had the opportunity to sample some delicious food prepared in the Langar, the special kitchen where food is prepared and served. 

Visit to Nelson mosque

As part of their learning on other faiths, Reception and Year 1 children visited the mosque in Nelson.

They were shown around by Imam Khalid who told them about the Islamic faith.

Reception and Year 1 children visit Morrisons

The children in Reception and Year 1 visited Morrisons in Nelson. They learned about the different types of food that the supermarket sell and how some of it is made on the premises. The children got to sample some of the delicious fruit and brought back samples of pancakes to take home to try with their families.

Gawthorpe Hall

The children in Key Stage 1 had an amazing morning at Gawthorpe Hall, learning how the Victorians spent their Christmas. They made pot pourri tree decorations, stirred a traditional Christmas pudding and made a wish. They also created cornucopias and were treated to a wonderful story from Father Christmas.


Garden Gate Allotments

Year 5 children were invited to the allotments on Coates with the Garden Gate Group. Each child designed their own hanging basket, learned about growing fruit and vegetables, and how to care for an allotment. We are very grateful to all the volunteers who made this opportunity happen.

Key Stage 2 Trip to Wensleydale Cheese Factory

Key Stage 2 visited The Wensleydale Creamery for their summer trip this year.

They toured the Wensleydale Creamery, seeing the processes used to produce the cheese and having the opportunity to sample both the cheeses and the delicious home made icecream.

Key Stage 1 Trip to Blackpool Tower

Key Stage 1 children visited Blackpool Tower on their summer trip. They explored the tower and had fun in Jungle Jims followed by watching a fantastic performance in the tower circus.

Key Stage 1 trip to see Cinderella

The children in Key Stage 1 visited the 'Muni' in Colne to see a production of Cinderella.

The children had a wonderful time They joined in with the songs and actions, booed and cheered their favourite characters and were amazed at the beautiful costumes and scenery.


Class 3 visit to Science and Industry Museum

The children in Class 3 travelled to Manchester to visit the Museum of Science and Industry. They had a fun packed day exploring the "underground Manchester" investigating the steam machinery and finding out about different types of transport. The highlight of the day was a "magical" workshop about the wonders of light.


Key Stage 2 trip to the National Coal Mining Museum

For our school trip, Key Stage 2 visited the National Coal Mining Museum near Wakefield.

The children had a facinating time, going underground in the mine, discovering more about rocks and fossils and learning what it would have been like to work in the mine in Victorian times.

Visit to Sinai Synagogue and Leeds Museum

Years 4, 5 and 6 visited the Sinai synagogue in Leeds where they learned more about the Jewish faith. The children were told about the Jewish holy book the Torah and were shown how it was written by hand and its importance in the Jewish faith.


The children later visited the Leeds Museum where they explored the many fascinating displays.


Global Renewables

Global Renewables have been working alongside Class 5 to raise awarenedd of the three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Sue from Global Renewables came into school and led interactive workshops and the children also visited the recycling site in Leyland.

While they were there they saw how rubbish was sorted and how complex the operation was if people don't recycle. They were amazed at the amount of rubbish Lancashire collects on a daily basis. Included in the visit was a lunch waste challenge where the children had to take lunches which would leave the smallest amount of waste. They topped the leader board with 0% waste!

The Biggest Book Show on Earth

As part of our celebrations for World Book Day, Class 4 visited the Biggest Book Show on Earth which was held at the Preston North End football stadium.

The event was huge with a crowd of 5000 children taking part. They heard talks and stories from a variety of childrens authors including; Jonny Doddle, Steven Butler, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Cathy Cassidy, Danny Wallace and Cressida Cowell.

Visit to Sikh Gurdwara and Lancashire Museum.

Children from Year 2 and Year 3 had a fabulous trip to visit a Sikh Gurdwara. The children asked some interesting questions and were fascinated by the Holy Book (Guru Granth Sahib). The children also listened to music played on traditional instruments and learned about the special meal "Langar" which follows prayers in the Sikh religion. Following the Gurdwara the children enjoyed exploring the museum in Preston, which had an excellent display of World War I and World War II memorabillia. Also on display was the Viking hoard that was found in Silverdale. The children really enjoyed looking at this display of Viking jewellery and coins.They were also excited to visit the Law and Order exhibits and the old school room.

Visit to Towneley Hall

On Tuesday 7th October Year 2 visited Towneley Hall as part of "Down to Earth" week.

We learnt about how the Towneley family farmed and lived off the land over the centuries. We followed the life of a servant and investigated a Victorian kitchen.

In the afternoon we went out and about in the grounds. We investigated different animal habitats, discussed seasonal change and even had a go at worm charming.

A quote from Joshuah C Year 2 " the best school trip ever!"

Speaker's School Council Award - Palace of Westminster

On Tuesday 24th February six children representing St. Joseph's School Council and the ECOol club travelled to London, accompanied by two members of staff, to be presented with the Speaker's School Council Award.

They were given a tour of The Palace of Westminster including a visit to the House of Lords. The children re-enacted how and why parliament was formed and discussed the importance of the Magna Carta and why it was written.

They later, accompanied by our MP Mr Andrew Stephenson, met the speaker of the house of commons the RT. Honourable John Bercow MP who presented them with the Speaker's School Council Award. He commented on how impressed he was with the children becoming Dementia Friends and their continuing contributions to helping others in the local community.

The children also took part in the burying of a time capsule on the site of the new Parliamentary Education Centre. The time capsule contained the original plans for the centre and work written by the four winning schools.