Think back to your childhood days, the time you spent at school. What is the first thing you think of? We’re willing to bet that, apart from maybe your first kiss, a favourite teacher or your worst punishment, school trips will be some of the fondest memories.
School trips gave you and your fellow students the chance to escape the everyday monotony of the classroom with its dull desks and exercise books, getting to experience real learning, hands-on learning which was much more enjoyable than the rigmarole of examinations.
Sadly, thanks to increasing concerns about health and safety, the school trip has been slowly receding into memory-only territory in recent years. Many within the teaching sector do still advocate its relevance; here are 4 Reasons Why School Trips are Still Important.
Applications in the Real World
Most people think of education as the time spent inside the classroom, the time spent twiddling thumbs and passing notes while staring incomprehensibly at the blackboard. The “standard” form of education is the teacher talking and the pupils listening.
Due to short attention spans, this method can be surprisingly ineffective. For a child to understand what makes society tick, he or she must be taken out of the classroom and placed in the real world.
Whether this is simply a trip to a zoo or a work experience day in a local firm, kids can really benefit from learning outside school.
Most children probably wouldn’t say they particularly “enjoy” going to school, for a variety of reasons. Whether it’s that they’d prefer to be at home watching cartoons or that they’d actually like to be outside playing sports, kids would usually prefer to do something more traditionally fun than sitting in the classroom.
Field trips are an event – something kids look forward to as it makes a change in the routine. It is much more stimulating than the “passiveness” of classroom learning, and causes kids to pay greater attention to the lessons being taught.
An educational day out at Ness Botanical Gardens or a trip to the Discover Science Museum, a school trip can be a great way to teach more specialised lesson than perhaps would not work within the confines of the school grounds.
Places such as Beamish (the North of England Open Air Museum) in Durham can make for a memorable day out, whilst simultaneously allowing the kids to get a hands-on experience of life at the time. This sort of thing applies well to museums as well.
Independence and a Sense of Responsibility
Being by themselves abroad, gives children the chance to be responsible for themselves, their belongings, their attitude, and actions. Not even when abroad, even when it’s the national museum, they conform to rules. And this they can apply later when going to cities outside their own, following laws and social norms that may be different from where they grew up from.
While away, they will spend time in their accommodation and care for themselves even for a short time.
A Broader Understanding
“Travel, even small trips makes one modest, it makes you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world, ” a French novelist once said. And I couldn’t agree more. Being away from home and seeing different cultures and situations abroad give children a sense of understanding that not everything can be learned from the confines of a classroom.
As you can see, it is fairly clear that field or school trips are still important, very much if I may say. Though it’s very unlikely that we’ll see classroom learning shaken up in the near future, we can still rest assured that field trips shouldn’t be going the way of the dodo.
In class, pupils can feel put off, not understanding what real world applications the lessons will have for them. However, if you take them out of the classroom, all of a sudden they are begging to learn and will soon understand what importance their lessons really have. For further reading see this PDF produced by HSE here.
Yes, I think school trips are very important because not everyone learns the same. We all learn in different ways. Some of us learn by doing while others learn by seeing/watching and some of us learn by reading and still some learn from a combination of all three. Besides it is good for the children to get out and see what is out there. With some a school trip may be the only chance that they may have to go on a trip.
school trips are a very important part of school and real life learning and we really need to do all we can to keep them a part of school
I remember school field trips and lived them. Never thought teice about safety. But now that I’m a mommy my thinking has changed. I agree they are needed and make great memories for kids, but I still worry about my baby being carefully watched and taken care of in all the chaos that usually comes with those trips. Guess ill be one of those mommies who volunteers for all the trips!
Being a teacher I love class trips. But more and more they get blown off because of money. I haven’t had health concerns brought up at all. It’s all be about the money part of things.
We homeschool our kids, and I think that the availability to be out in the world everyday is one of the best parts.
I resigned as a corporate slave effective Agusut 30, 2013. The next September I should be enrolling at a TESDA (commercial cooking course) which will be my tool once I open my own coveted business. Indeed, this one school trip of mine will definitely be life changing to me. It will be my tool for a new beginning
I agree with you 100%! I can still remember how fun my school trips were! I still have the photos!
Not all learning can be done in the classroom and a school trip is such an enriching and memorable experience. It builds a child’s self-confidence and provides them with a sense of the wider world.
I find children enjoy every opportunity that they have to learn about their world and culture while on a fieldtrip.
I could not agree more. I still remember my school trips from as far back as Kindergarten and I am 40 years old.
I think school trips are good to improve the knowledge of the children about the nature and things outside.
I still remember my school trips and how much I have enjoyed them when I was younger and unfortunately my son is not getting to experience that because his school does not go on trips to often. This is so very true.
I think field trips are necessary to encourage learning. Kids learn through play, too. I loved field trip days because you got to have fun with your friends and learn real world experiences as well. Sad that schools don’t feel that way anymore.
I was a stay at home Mom for many years and my kids are grown now however I was always volunteering for the class trips and I remember those years as the happiest
love school trips.. they are so fun.And you get away from school
I still remember the field trips I went to as a child, definitely one of my most fun and treasured memories with my friends and classmates 🙂
I grew up enjoying outdoors and going in trips with my classmates. I learned a lot and discovered places and it’s history. I believe that not all can be learned in the four sides of the classroom.