"I hear, and I forget. I see, and I remember. I do, and I understand"
A report out today (I know there always seems that a report is published on a daily basis that stirs up some sort of emotions) is encouraging schools to take their children on more trips. I totally agree with this. I have never shied away from taking children on trips, whether as a family, as part of a Scouting or at school. Children learn so much from being engaged outside of their immediate environment. They learn much more about themselves, important social skills as well as explicit learning.
Now I know there have been tragic accidents. One that springs to mind is the time a group of children were trapped whilst out walking on the hills in winter. The person in charge was wrong because he had allowed the children to walk in trainers.
At our school, we are currently looking at the curriculum to see how we can deliver it better. One way of this has to introduced blocking subjects. rather than teaching 1 hour of a subject each week, we teach the entire subject for a week/ 2 weeks. This has had positive impact on standards; Children are enjoying the subject more, teachers are able to become more creative and children are retaining the information they are being taught.
On 22 November, when talking about homework, I wrote:
Parents need to inspire their child to develop inquisitive minds. To spend time
with their children to share 'magical' moments and to learn together
Taking your children on trips is one way to develop this love and inquisitive mind. So if we are encouraging parents to do so, we should be doing this at school. What needs to be done is to improve training for teachers to ensure that risks are identified so they can plan how to deal with these in order to keep the children in their care safe.