Friday, May 3, 2013

Planning a School Trip to Brighton

If you’re a teacher planning a school trip in Sussex or the surrounding areas, Brighton is the ideal destination. Regardless of subject, there is something here that will relate to the curriculum. With everything from art galleries to an aquarium and a beach, Brighton has it all. However, planning a school trip can be stressful, with transport to arrange, money to collect and lunch stops to plan. Brighton makes it all easy, though, as everything is relatively close together.

Brighton has a coach park, Pool Valley, just a couple of minutes away from the centre of town and the beach. Getting a coach to Brighton for a school trip is an easy solution, as it means that everyone stays together and there are no nasty surprises with extra transport costs that nobody has budgeted for. There is no need to worry about anyone going missing or the group getting split up on busy public transport, and you can be dropped off in the coach parking spaces of most of the bigger venues rather than walking from a train station or bus stop.

There are lots of options to suit your schedule and topic in Brighton. If you want to find out more about the history of the city, the Royal Pavilion is a stunning example of an Asian-influenced Regency building, which regularly hosts school trips. Preston Manor is a fine old manor house, where children can learn about the way the servants and the wealthy used to live. Alternatively, the Fishing Museum on the seafront is a good way to learn about Brighton’s fishing industry.

For Geography trips, Brighton is perfect. Children can learn about coastal processes on Brighton’s iconic beach, or there are nearby rivers such as the Adur or the River Ouse where they can find out about how rivers form. The South Downs  and Devil’s Dyke are a good place to learn about hills or even to go hunting for wildlife, as they are protected areas with an abundance of plants and critters to find.

Brighton is also an inspiring place to visit for budding artists. With the Phoenix Gallery, the gallery situated above Brighton Museum and lots of smaller exhibitions in the North Laine, there are lots of places to view some fascinating works of art and sculptures. If you would prefer that the children produced their own works, the exciting Brighton Pier and the decaying West Pier make for some inspiring scenes, as do the yachts and boats bobbing around at Brighton Marina.

If you want to take your class on a trip they’ll be talking about for the rest of the year, Brighton is the ideal place to get them thinking and get them excited about learning.

Casey Trundle is a teaching assistant who regularly organises class trips for her students to the beautiful seaside resort of Brighton, for educational purposes as well as recreational!

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