What can a school trip do for you and your students?
Why do schools organise educational trips?
We learn best when we can see, hear, and experience things first hand. Multi-sensory learning is an important part of school life, and school trips answer the requirements of all five senses.
It’s because of this that schools arrange trips to help children learn more about the subjects that they are studying. History, Geography, Science and Languages are the most popular subjects for visits, but educational trips can be used to support all kinds of subjects.
Learning Outside the Classroom
All young people require the knowledge, skills and understanding to live in, and contribute to, a global society and this begins with an understanding of the world in which we live, including the languages, values and cultures of different societies. The first-hand experience gained in the context of a study or sports tour is one way of enabling young people to acquire this mix of knowledge, skills and understanding. All of these activities, in their different ways, help to develop self-esteem, self-confidence and independence. They also give young people the opportunity to experience other cultures, meet and develop new friendships and thus broaden their horizons and knowledge.
Tours are a particularly strong way to consolidate learning, as young people’s experiences can be directly related to the real world. For example, geographical studies can come to life with the actual physical feature in front of you; and a foreign language is easier to assimilate and use in its native environment.
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Top 10 Reasons why you should go on a school trip
1. Students learn in a multitude of different ways – traditional classroom learning may not always be best for every student.
2. Educational trips can be used to support all kinds of subjects – they can bring learning to life.
3. Students can develop a sense of responsibility outside the classroom, giving them opportunities to put into practice, the content learned in the classroom.
4. Can help develop students’ self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-belief.
5. Gives young people the chance to experience cultures, respect differences, and develop new friendships with their peers and thus broaden their horizons and knowledge.
6. Tours are a strong way to consolidate learning, the experience from a trip can be directly related to the real world.
7. Students can put their learning into real live practice – such as speaking French they learnt in the classroom at a French Market in France.
8. Trips have long lasting benefits – Can you remember your favourite school trip when you were a child? Many may recall their favourite exhibit, visit or destination they went on as a child.
9. It can ignite a student’s passion for that subject that they may not have had the inspiration in the classroom.
10. It can benefit teachers as well as students! Teachers can see how their students learn and view the world, this can generate ideas which teachers can bring back into classrooms.
Where will you go?
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