Our Primary team are constantly looking for opportunities to extend student’s learning beyond their usual classroom environment. Over the last two weeks, we have waved some of our Primary students off to Purple Island, Qatar National Convention Centre and Texas A&M University.
Allowing your child to attend educational trips can support them in more ways than you think. Educational trips will often cater to more than one learning style, making them excellent teaching tools for certain students. They offer children exposure to places they might not otherwise visit and allow them to gain new perspectives on the world. Just an hour outside of the school can have a lasting impact as highlighted in some more of the benefits listed below:
- New Sights
When students and teachers are together outside the classroom, new educational environments and experiences are possible. Students may have the opportunity to observe many things that are not available at school.
Getting away from the everyday atmosphere of the classroom gives students an opportunity to spend time with one another in a new environment. They may be able to connect on a more personal level without the structure of the normal school day. Students may be able to spend much of the educational trip day in small groups, observing, chatting and learning about one another.
- Informal Learning Environment
Educational trips provide valuable educational opportunities away from the classroom, without using textbooks and other tools used in a normal school setting. Students on educational trips can often learn while having fun in a more informal environment.
No matter how much students learn during an educational trip, their favourite memories may be based on their enjoyment of the day. Getting away from school for a day or even half a day is always exciting for students, and educational trips are always highly anticipated. Students will have fun with their friends and they also may return to the classroom with a renewed focus on their learning.
Thank you for your continued trust in us as we look to add more exciting experential learning opportunities into this year’s academic calendar.
We managed to talk to some of the students who have been on their travels in the last fortnight, this is what they had to say:
Muneera Al Mohannadi – 6A – Texas A & M University Trip
I really enjoyed taking part in the trip to Texas A & M University. I liked building example tunnels and fences to keep animals safe as that was what the trip was about.
The trip was important as it helped us to learn more things about engineering and going to University. It was something that I hadn’t done before so it was fun.
I learned that to be an engineer, you have to be systematic and work in an order of the Engineering Design Process. This means that you have to define a problem, identify a solution and find an answer!
I had a really excellent time and really want to go on another trip like this one!
Joel Vinu 4N – Orchestra trip
The trip was great! I learned about bird calling by hearing trumpets, cellos and violins. I heard coo-coo bird calls and other interesting noises made by the orchestra. I enjoyed being with children from other classes too and sitting with friends.
Daisy Mae 2A– Purple Island trip
We got to see flamingoes on the trip and we got to make sand castles. We learned about flamingos, what they eat, how they survive and about migration; that is when they fly to another country when it is too hot! It was so much fun and it was really educational.