School trip ideas with with a World Book Day twist.
With World Book Day approaching, we have been thinking about school trip itineraries with a difference. We know demands on teachers are increasing; therefore, the more leisure and tourism and heritage venues can support them when planning their school visits, the more likely they are to book.
There are many authors, tales and stories originating all over Great Britain that will inspire young people to engage with storytelling and stimulate their imaginations. Many of these stories, and the wonderful authors who wrote them, are celebrated all year round; however, there is no better time than World Book Day to start hunting for inspiration for your next educational visit.
Click on the links below to access our itineraries.
AA Milne – East Sussex
Beatrix Potter – Lake District
JK Rowling and Harry Potter – Edinburgh
C S Lewis in Northern Ireland
Michael Morpurgo and Dartmoor
Robin Hood – Sherwood Forest
J.R.R. Tolkien and Birmingham
For more information about World Book Day go to www.worldbookday.com
If you require any help creating itineraries for your setting, marketing to schools or improving your education offer, please contact us at email@example.com; we would love to hear from you.
Read more about how we helped London Stadium create a relevant education offer linked to their world-class audio tour.
Writing Can Be Fun!
How to Support Reluctant Writers
If you work with, or offer trips to children, you will come across reluctant writers at some point in your career. Those pupils who do not respond well to the traditional worksheet and pencil. These children may have special educational needs or simply be a child who ‘freezes’ when asked to write. They can be P&P-phobes – (pencil and paper-phobes.)
We know that new and engaging interpretation methods are the way to capture young minds; however, there are many ways you can adapt your education offer to still allow pupils to develop their English skills through answering questions, jotting thoughts or simply offering an opportunity to ‘make’ letters. You could look at some of the ways that educational professionals are encouraging pupil knowledge of letter formation and writing skills without a trace of the pen/pencil and paper (P&P) combination.
We have listed 10 simple and in-expensive methods you can use.
Not all of the following ideas are practical in every situation – but can you use any to help just one child?
10 Ways to Encourage Writing Without Using P&P
- Gel boards – special gel filled plastic wallets that children love to write on. It is different and it can be any colour.
- Writing in playdough – for some special needs children this works really well. They love to write their answers for others to read and then scrunch up the playdough, ready to start again.
- Writing in slime or mud – it is messy, easy to rub out and slightly unusual.
Breaking the Rules
- Windows, glass and mirrors – we have witnessed very reluctant writers creating wonderful outdoor poetry using this method. There is a time and a place…and your setting might just be it!
- Tables – yes, we said tables! We know this goes against etiquette but there is nothing like ‘breaking the rules’ to get pupils on board.
- Using unusual objects to write with– such as carrots, feathers, and other items linked to your attraction.
Big, Messy or Hands-On
- Giant paint brushes or writing utensils and giant walls of paper, chalkboard or another large surface.
- Sandboxes – simple boxes or trays with sand in that pupils can write using fingers or another object.
- Making letters using objects – this can be string, paper straws – anything you can bend and make different sizes.
What About Not Writing At All?
- Why not provide those with additional needs the opportunity to record their answers or listen to the worksheets through digital devices such as, simple MP3 recorders. Pupils can record their answers and play back. This helps them to develop writing skills such as word organisation, sentence structure and grammar.
Pupils respond really well to anything different, fun and slightly naughty!
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We have been working with a number of leisure and tourism attractions and supporting them in understanding how annual school events can boost visitor numbers. Today is Outdoor Classroom Day; read on to find out how you can use this event to encourage school trips to your setting.
Take a moment and consider the last time you saw a child excited and enthused by what they were doing, smiling and laughing and eager to explore. Were they sat in a classroom struggling to understand a new concept in maths or science while looking longingly out the window; was it at playtime while exploring with their friends; or on their last school trip where they were free to explore their learning outside of the classroom?
Combining the energy and enthusiasm shown by children when they are enjoying the outdoors and teaching concepts using real life exploration is the key to outdoor learning. Taking learning outside the classroom is not a new idea but more evidence is being gathered each year showing the powerful effect it has on children of all ages and teachers.
Last year, Government organisation, Natural England, published findings from its Natural Connections Demonstration Project — showing that:
- 95% of teachers say taking lessons outdoors make them more enjoyable
- 90% of pupils who go outdoors to learn feel happier and healthier
- 96% of parents say play enables children to become well-rounded adults
Now, if you’ve ever taught children outside and seen their eyes light up at new experiences; if you have ever observed them making sense of a new concept when learning outside, you won’t need the above statistics – you’ll have experienced the benefits.
Back in 2011, Anna Portch developed the original Outdoor Classroom campaign. From a few London schools being involved in 2012, it has grown into a global movement — in 2016 almost half a million children across over 50 countries got outdoors to play and learn as part of their school day.
Thursday 12th October is global outdoor classroom day. This is a day to celebrate outdoor learning and play; to inspire schools everywhere to make outdoor learning and play part of the every day. Even if you haven’t signed up for this year, use the day as a reason to get outdoors with your class, enjoy the benefits and sign up for next year. Go to www.outdoorclassroomday.org.uk. for more information.
This is a fantastic opportunity for leisure and tourism businesses to receive more school visits. Here are some ways you can use this event to encourage educational trips:
- Collaborate with schools to create a special Outdoor Classroom Day event at your setting that they will attend.
- Remind teachers that you have Outdoor Classroom Day opportunities for pupils already at your setting.
- Use the statistics to encourage schools to sign up to the day and come to you for an exciting day of outside learning.
- Encourage teachers by reminding them that you are taking the pressure of them by doing all the planning and resource creating – they only need to turn up!
- Contact the Outdoor Classroom Day team to gain ideas and support.
If you would like more information about gaining more school visits to your setting contact us via e-mail at email@example.com and we would be more than happy to talk to you.
In this blog ‘Supporting Schools to Plan School Trips’, we offer our top tips on how you can help schools make the most of their outings to you. This will increase the likelihood of securing the school booking, ensure more repeat visits and create positive ‘word-of-mouth marketing for your setting.
It’s All about the Money
Giving advice and simple support to schools about how they can finance their school trips can make the outing seem more affordable. Can you be the source of well-needed advice such as charities that offer support for families to pay for trips or government initiatives? What about local travel support?
Information is Key
Have the information teachers will need readily available. This will include information about:
- Accessibility for disabled pupils
- Lunch space
- Storage information for bags
- First aid
- Educational offer
- Layout of your setting
- Parking information
Tell Them: ‘Put Your Feet Up’…
Make it easy for them. The more time you invest in creating an educational offer that cuts the teacher’s workload, the more likely they are to book with you. Whether this is creating regularly updated risk assessments or providing clear education plans, you will save them time. Therefore, the overall cost of your trip will reduce in their eyes; making you look like great value for money!
Go That Extra Mile
Going that extra mile will make all the difference. What can you think of that will make you stand out? Could it be a last minute checklist of essentials they may not have thought of or special shop time for the pupils to buy their souvenirs? You need to show that you are thinking of them and can not wait for them to join you. This will create positive ‘word of mouth’ marketing as well as increase the likelihood of repeat bookings.
Teachers are very busy. If you receive an enquiry, try to respond as quickly as possible or they will book elsewhere. Likewise, if they have booked with you already, ensure that you respond to any correspondence ASAP. They will be waiting for quick answers to any questions they may have asked.
Ensure that as much information is available on line as possible. Teachers spend a lot of ‘unsociable hours’ searching for school trips. If they can not access information quickly and easily (even if it is just a ‘contact us’ and the details on your website), they will look elsewhere for their trip. The more information you are able to give or hint at the better. This does not mean that all your hard work has to be available online for all to download, but give enough information and accessibility for them to understand how you can enhance their pupils’ learning and how they can find out more.
Offer a Visit or Meeting
This can be a clincher. Not only does the teacher get to have a free day out, they also see first-hand how your attraction can benefit their curriculum. If it is not suitable to join you, a phone call or webinar discussion to ensure that they understand what you can offer, the itinerary of the day and clarify any questions they may have, will be more effective than e-mails being pinged back and forth.
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