The Benefits of School Trips for Children

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Kids go on school trips with their class or year group to give them a chance to learn more about a chosen subject – usually for history, religious studies or languages purposes. Children get excited about the prospect of getting away from school for an entire day to learn in a different way, make new friends and work as a team.

In this guide from an independent school in Kensington we take a look at the key benefits of school trips that children will value for many weeks and months to come.

Cultural differences

Part of most school trips is learning about something unique to the majority of students. From trips to a historical castle to going to religious buildings and learning about different religions that are a part of society, children are discovering a lot about how other people live and their customs. They’re great for students to open their eyes to different perspectives and show how many people live from the past and in the present.

Motivation for students

A trip outside of the classroom is always exciting for children, regardless of age. It’s a way of giving children a unique outlook on lessons they might actually find quite boring, but are now learning that it can be an enjoyable subject. Motivation and productivity within school after a trip can give them a chance to better understand subjects that they might find stressful or too difficult to understand. School trips often use more visual analogies to help students learn about a subject from a different perspective, testing different learning skills.

Personal development

Students are able to converse with others, work well within teams and use skills that make them cooperative. Children are also likely to work with others that they don’t know or haven’t spoken to before, getting them out of their comfort zone and working on their communication and decision making skills. School trips are usually full of activities and team building exercises to test students and use these skills when they return to class.

Stronger relationships

Away from the stress of the classroom and being in a school setting allows you to grow a deeper connection with not just your friends and people you might not have spoken to before. Teachers and students tend to learn more about each other when taken on school trips where they’re not so easily judged or following the set curriculum.

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