Field trips generate enthusiasm and not to forget lasting memories! They are productive experiences that can contribute both to a student’s learning and personal skills. Taking your class on a field trip is arguably one of the most memorable gifts you can offer as a teacher. However, planning a field trip can be daunting and the logistics can be a challenge!
But, don’t worry we have essential pointers for planning your field trip that will be sure to take the stress away!
Get the most out of your trip
First things first, you will be required to justify the educational value of the trip. Take into consideration what your students are learning and make a connection between what they are learning in the classroom and the field trip. This can still be a fun adventure, just ensure the students are aware of what kind of knowledge they should gain.
After the trip, why not ask the students to write a journal entry or letter about what they learnt? Or, for something more creative they could create a visual aid or comic strip?
The ratio of adults to children has to be considered, the ratio will vary and be dependent on the student’s age and the type of field trip. It may be that you will need additional members of staff to accompany you and if they are unable to attend.
Remember, all trips should include a qualified first aider!
Contingency plans for any unforeseen circumstances are a must! Situations such as the weather and staff illness can affect field trips. Contingency planning should be considered prior to the trip and if anything should happen you will be prepared!
You should start to plan a field trip as soon as possible, 12 months prior is said to be ideal (depending on the type and length of the trip). There are many factors and logistics to be organized and this can prove stressful. Giving yourself enough time will take the stress out of the process. Or, if you want to take planning completely out of the equation, there are many organizations that will plan your trip for you!