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Where to go on a school trip

by on Jun.06, 2012, under Vacations

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Are you organising a school trip? If so, you will quickly realise what an exciting but also challenging experience it can be. The first thing you need to do, however, before you can get down to the nitty-gritty details involved in school trip planning, is to choose a place to go or an activity for your students to do.

What do you want your students to get out of the school trip? This is the first thing to ask yourself before looking at venues and definitely before you ask permission from the school authorities. Remember that your school trip needs to have instructional elements, support the curriculum and have very clear and achievable learning outcomes.

With these essential criteria in mind, you can start to research ideas for your school trip. One of the most common types of places to visit is the museum, mainly because many of them offer hands-on, interactive exhibits and areas. Children love these exhibits, and they also encourage them to apply knowledge they have learned in the classroom and remember more about certain topics.

Art galleries are another option to consider, but whether this will be suitable or not depends quite a lot on the age group of the students. Other places that may also be worth a visit are churches, cathedrals and other buildings of historical interest, but only choose those that illustrate something you are already learning about in school.

School trips are often planned to complement two subjects, and these are science and geography. You could even combine the two by planning an outdoors weekend for your class.

On such a school trip, your students can carry out experiments and collect natural objects and analyse living things. Alternatively, they can explore the local area, climb hills, go on walks, practice their map-reading skills and complete orienteering courses.

Poppy Wild is a widely respected writer who has been writing for 5 over years often writes on Adaptable Travel and a wide range of other subjects.

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