Schools tend to organise school trips to support a variety of subjects, such as history, geography, modern foreign languages, or science. They often begin as early as nursery, but usually remain fairly local, which is exciting for little ones who are yet to experience so much of the world. School trips are beneficial for many reasons and they play an important role in a child’s education. I have teamed up with an independent prep school in Hampshire to explore some of the reasons why school trips are great for children.
There are many things that cannot be taught from textbooks in a traditional classroom environment. Some things need to be learnt through multi-sensory experiences, which is something that school trips provide. For many students, learning through doing is far more memorable. It’s one thing to read about something in a book and another to actually see it with your own eyes. With that said, school trips strengthen the curriculum and help pupils retain information so that they can remember it in exams.
However, school trips are not only educational in an academic sense; they also allow students to develop a range of other key skills. It’s a chance for them to socialise with their peers and teachers in a more relaxed environment, which will help them with their communication skills and perhaps boost their confidence. For older students who get to experience trips abroad, they are able to develop a sense of independence whilst being away from home without their parents.
School trips are also great fun, allowing students to make memories they can treasure forever. They’re a chance for teachers to reward their students for their hard work throughout the year and give them a well-deserved break from the confines of the classroom.
If you’re worried about the payment aspect of your child’s school trips, don’t hesitate to speak to the school. There may be payment structures in place that allow parents to distribute the cost over several weeks or months, rather than paying one large lump sum. Keep an eye on the school calendar so that you can plan in advance for any of the upcoming trips.
Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.