Trips & Visitors

Educational Trips and Visitors at Atwood
Memories of school educational trips are among the most prominent of the formative years, largely because they are sometimes a welcome break in the routine for both children and teachers. While their purpose is essentially to educate, they can also be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved.  I’m sure we all have fond memories of that coach trip, wanting to eat our packed lunched by 9.30am and spending your pocket money on a pencil and a rubber!


Below are some reasons Atwood (and all schools) feel that educational trips and visitors are good for our school community.


Trips and visitors can reinforce what a teacher has been teaching in class and help children understand the topic better.  Sometimes they consolidate learning and sometimes they are a stimulus for new learning.


Children love being actively involved in learning beyond the classroom.


Taking children into a new environment gives them the experience of travelling in a group and teaches them to be respectful of the locations they visit.  They are also expected to represent Atwood well and practice key skills such as road safety.


Children get to visit a place to which they may never been before. This can be particularly advantageous to children  who are less fortunate and don't have the opportunity to travel.


Children who go on educational trips find that they want to learn more about the subjects on which the trip focused.  Children’s curiosity is then stimulated further back at school and trips and visitors often are excellent real-life reasons for writing.


The type of memories that educational trips create, called “episodic memories,” helps children retain information for longer periods.