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Beat the January Blues: Three ideas for getting pupils excited about learning in 2016

Wednesday January 27, 2016

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After all the excitement that comes hand in hand with the festive season, January can often leave pupils feeling rather deflated. However, the first month of the year needn’t be a gloomy one. To inject the spark back into your classroom, why not organise a school trip for your pupils to look forward to? Here are three school tour ideas for getting your pupils excited about their learning in 2016.

Go local

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Not every school trip has to involve jumping on an aeroplane; there numerous great learning opportunities often only a short coach ride away. School tours to London are great for primary-aged school children, with the Science Museum, Natural History Museum and Imperial War Museum all on your doorstep. All three museums have multiple learning and activity options, so you can be sure there’ll be plenty to do while you’re there.

For secondary school English and Drama students, Stratford Upon Avon is always a popular choice. Birthplace of William Shakespeare, there are various workshops and performances going on, as well as the opportunity to see the historic town’s famous sites.

Inspire

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One of the easiest ways to get your students excited about a subject is by taking them to the heart of the action. Whether that’s showing your pupils the wonders of physics at CERN in Geneva, exploring the history of Berlin, or discovering Rome’s world famous art, allowing your pupils to see what they’re studying in person can help bring your subject to life. Seeing the latest scientific advancements or iconic historical landmarks can inspire students to want to learn more about a subject, help develop a passion or encourage them to pursue the subject in higher education.

Reward 

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As well as enhancing your students’ learning, organising an end of year reward for your students will always go down a treat. Giving your students something to look forward to after their exams is a great motivator for pupils to keep working hard throughout the year.

In addition, school trips provide numerous bonding and confidence building opportunities, allowing students to develop interpersonal skills that will benefit them in later life. There are plenty of great reward and enrichment school trips your students could benefit from, including Phantasialand in Rhineland and Disneyland Paris.

If you want to give your students something to look forward to this year, get in touch with one of our specialist team members who will organise a school trip to suit your students’ needs.

Do you have any great advice for inspiring students? Let us know by tweeting us your teaching tips!