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Posted on May 20 2016

School trips should be viewed as a powerful and positive teaching tool that help enhance personal, social and emotional development for all learners.  Extra stimulation in new environments can be particularly beneficial to young children and can help teach life skills and improve independence.

The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC) commissioned a survey through Teacher Voice which found that: 87% of teachers said that LOtC made lessons memorable and 77% agreed that it motivated and enthused young people with regards to their learning.  Learning outside the classroom therefore adds value to each individual’s academic and personal development.

Having just experienced two residential trips this term at Forest Park, I totally agree with these findings.  The Year 5 and 6 children spent three days at Robinwood Activity Centre and took part in a wide variety of outdoor pursuits.  They gained in confidence and supported one another through their fears and developed key skills including; team building, problem solving, co-ordination and physical development.

The Year 3 and 4 children enjoyed a night away at Castleton this term as well.  They impressed with their maturity and independence throughout the two days.  The children worked hard with their activities too and enjoyed candle making, Roman battles, orienteering and a 5 mile walk.  The children were particularly admirable given that this was their first night away with school.

Lots of memorable moments were made and the children gained so much from their experiences. They also did Forest Park proud with their impeccable behaviour and ‘can do’ attitude – they were an absolute credit to their families!

Nick Tucker

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