LEARNING OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM
In recent years there has been much study into the benefits of learning outside the classroom, which has lead to studies showing that children have different ways in which they learn. Many children absorb information better through hands-on learning, hearing, watching, tasting, experiencing and discussion are all different forms in which a child can learn, and for some more effectively than a sit-down school lesson.
When planned and implemented well, a day trip can significantly increase a child’s knowledge on a curriculum subject, for example; a trip to a museum may give them a better understanding of history or science, or a trip to KidZania will give a child an insight into different job roles and may even set the path for their future career. At VIP Trips For Kids a lot of thought goes into our activities and understanding of what a child will gain from each, a lot of our venues have downloadable worksheets that our Nanny’s carry out with the children, they do this in such a fun way that the children don’t even realise they are learning!
Furthermore, being able to actually visit places in the country that speak the language that your child is learning is one of the best ways to immerse in the language itself. There is no doubt about the increase in development from that of being taught in a classroom. Young people are able to learn much more about how the people live, work and speak as they do so, resulting in the enhancement of their understanding, listening and speaking skills.
‘In-class learning no match for inspiring trips’
(Source: Times Educational Supplement: 4 January 2008)
‘When planned and implemented well, learning outside the classroom contributed significantly to raising standards and improving pupils’ personal, social and emotional development’
(Source: Learning Outside the Classroom: Ofsted, Raising Standards Improving Lives; Report published 2008)
‘Outdoor learning improves: the challenge and enjoyment of learning; the breadth, depth and coherence of learning – drawing on different experiences; relevance of learning – by contextualising experiences; expression and creativity – responding imaginatively to stimulating settings
(Source: A Curriculum for Excellence (Scottish Executive 2006)