“Must we always teach our children with books? Let them look at the mountains and the stars up above. Let them look at the beauty of the waters and the trees and flowers on earth. They will then begin to think, and to think is the beginning of a real education.” – David Polis
Learning in a different setting from a classroom can transform a typically “boring” subject into an exciting one which sparks curiosity and enthusiasm – and this is when real learning happens!
As the report states “School trips can have a profound effect on relationships, learning and independence”. As well as learning academically, school trips teach children crucial life skills. It is amazing how many children don’t know how to make their own beds, sit at a dining table properly or plan their own daily routine (getting washed and dressed etc.). School trips will teach them this!
This kind of immersive learning can change a child’s entire approach to education. It can remove any “barriers” that the children may have had in the classroom.
When children are having fun – they forget about the fact that they should be learning and just do it naturally. For some children, being in a classroom isn’t the best way to unlock their full potential and that is why school trips create the perfect balance.
Some see school trips as a “reward” but campaigners (and us!) want them to be a right of education and an integral part of school life. If it is clear that a child is more engaged in a residential learning setting, then the benefits are obvious – why shouldn’t it be encouraged?
The simple act of residential learning can have a profound impact; memories are made, the imagination is stretched and friendships are created.