Teaching Outside the Classroom
A school trip is most beneficial when you assess its educational value properly and make the most of the teaching opportunities that it provides.
With help from teachers, we have developed a couple of suggestions for ways in which you can use the material from a school trip abroad in the classroom. We hope you will find them helpful, and that you will adapt the examples to other subjects.
What do you want your pupils to get out of the trip, that wouldn’t be achievable in the classroom?
First World War History Trip to the Somme Objective: To inspire pupils and bring the subject of the First World War to life, by enabling students to witness first hand the conditions that the soldiers had to endure and the devastation that the fighting and bombings caused.
Spanish Language Trip to Barcelona Objective: To totally immerse pupils in Spanish culture and surroundings where they will be able to use their language skills practically, gaining confidence and enthusiasm for their studies.
Your task now is to take this experience, knowledge and new found enthusiasm that your students have gained and utilise these in your classroom activities.
What materials and experiences can you use from your trip to assist you in your classroom activities?
• Photos taken on the trip
• Experiences of activities/excursions you took part in
• Leaflets you picked up
Get students to work together in groups and give a presentation on:
• What they learnt from their experiences on the trip.
• Their favourite activity/piece of art/what they enjoyed most about the trip and why?
• How it changed their opinions/views and how it will help them with their studies.
• Use visual aids to demonstrate some of their thoughts
By taking part in this exercise students are encouraged to better understand and reflect on their experiences of the trip and how these experiences have influenced their opinions, improved their knowledge/skills etc.
Get students to formulate opposing points of view and work in teams to:
• Put together key points and arguments
• Gather evidence and information from the trip to reinforce their arguments.
• Put their arguments to the class in the form of a debate and get them to come to a conclusion.
For example: WW1 History Trip- ‘Who was to blame for the outbreak of the First World War?’
Compile a report:
For more practical subjects like Geography, a report is a great way to gather your findings and research and compile them into a report that analyses and summarises your findings. Even in these days of satellite imagery, nothing can replace first hand experience of being in the field.
For example: Geography trip to Reykjavik in Iceland
Task: Compile a report on the influence of living under the shadow of an active volcano and illustrate it with:
• Interviews with residents