The Benefits of School Trips for Children | AD
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School trips – conjuring up memories of squashed cheese sandwiches and long coach trips! Whilst not all aspects of school trips are perfect, there’s no doubt that for many adults, those special journeys make up many happy memories of their school days.
Who doesn’t remember that trip to the zoo where you saw a panda for the first time? Or that unforgettable beach day which seemed idyllic at the time? School trips serve not only to broaden the horizons of children from all walks of life but also to cement the relationships of the students as they experience new environments together.
This independent school in West Sussex ensures that children enjoy a wide variety of trips.
The best school trips
School trips don’t have to be to far flung destinations to be memorable. Some of the most marvellous destinations might be right on the doorstep. Local museums and churches as well as National Trust properties provide excellent opportunities for children to learn more about the history of their own community.
They may not have had an opportunity to visit these places and so school trips to nearby places of interest serve to provide an easy trip and an educational experience.
Many parents worry about their child’s first residential trip with their school. Some children might not have slept away from home without their parents before and so it’s a bit step to take. However, these trips are often brilliant fun, packed full of activities and provide children with wonderful memories to look back on.
It’s on trips like these that children often get to try outdoor activities which they might not have had the chance to participate in before such as abseiling, kayaking and a canoeing.
Discuss any concerns you might have
If you have concerns about your child’s safety or wellbeing on school trips, do voice your concerns to the teacher. It’s important that they know about any issues your child might have such as homesickness or anxiety.
Teachers are very well-versed in helping nervous or shy children to manage on trips like this and your child is probably more capable than you realise! School trips are one of the best aspects of education for many children so it makes sense to encourage your child to look forward to them as much as possible.