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Real or Virtual School Trips

I must admit I might have been telling a slight fib with the title of this waffle. I wanted to talk about the value of school trips, although that doesn’t seem to be a attention grabbing title, so I thought I would put a slight slant on it and relate it to technology as well. So if you are planning on reading on then please let me count you onto the bus, travel sickness people at the front near the bucket, seat belts fastened and off we go!

Teaching Fun with Nature – Part 1

Summer is one of the terms within primary school that becomes a series of events and jobs that before you know it the end of July is here and everyone is breaking up for the summer holidays. It is during this time that the majority of school trips are organised and classes or, in some cases whole schools, embark on coaches to museums, farms and historical settings. While working within school, it came to our attention that although the children knew things about rivers and coasts, mountains and platectonics and countries both far and wide, they did not know anything about their local wildlife. Acknowledging this, and wanting to do something about it, we started a series of lessons entitled ‘Fun with Nature’. After spending some of my childhood as a ‘twitcher’ I eagerly grabbed the topic of birds. This waffle is about some of the activities that we completed together as a class.