Friday, August 9, 2013

Unique School Trip Ideas

School trips are a fantastic way to enrich the learning experiences of children, and there are very few children who don’t enjoy a day out of the classroom. Sometimes these school trips tie in perfectly with a topic, such as a visit to a manor house to supplement a history project or a trip to a local river to observe the processes at work for Geography. However, not all trips have to fit into such rigid subject categories, and can be just as rewarding.
Art lessons can be taken absolutely anywhere, and all your class will need is their sketchbooks and some portable art materials. Good examples of places you can take your class include churches or other religious buildings, which are often beautifully ornate, scenes of natural beauty and even farms where they can try their hand at drawing the animals.
Factories and manufacturing plants are often overlooked as places for school trips, but many of them do actually offer guided tours to school groups. This can be a useful way to find out how the products we use are created, and is ideal for an inquisitive group of children who want to discover more about the world at large. This can be useful for technology-related topics, so that children can see the entire design and production process.

School trips can even be useful for promoting teamwork among classmates. Chartering a yacht is a really exciting way to get children working together and learning new skills. They will also have to follow instructions and listen closely to what they are told by the person leading the yachting trip, and they will have to behave in a sensible manner whilst on the yacht, so there are lots of lessons to be learnt on a trip such as this.

A trip to the theatre or cinema might not initially seem very educational, but if a film or play happens to come up which relates to a topic you have discussed in class, it can be a great way to consolidate their knowledge, especially if it is a historical story which can be difficult to engage with for younger children. You might even be able to work it into an English class by asking the children to spot literary devices being used, especially if they are a little older.

Next time you’re planning a school trip, think outside the box a little. Museums are all well and good, but why not do something a little bit different to get the children really inspired and eager to learn?
Paula Wicket is a secondary school teacher always on the lookout for inspiration to take her pupils out of the classroom

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