The Educational Wonder of a Field Trip

Field Trip

On Saturday, 30 March 2018, the ASA Polokwane group tuition students went on an educational field trip to the Wild Thingz Bird & Reptile Park in the city of Polokwane. This was a trip that the students were looking forward to and a chance to escape the confines of the classroom and take learning opportunities on the road.

Field trips are a break from the usual school day, offering the opportunity to see an attraction or museum and interact with classmates and educators in a slightly more relaxed manner than the normal school or tuition environment. They are more than just an enjoyable and fun treat for students – they also offer unparalleled learning opportunities.

While the purpose of field trips is essentially to educate, they can also be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved.

Reinforcement
The trip was able to reinforce what the tutors had been assisting the students with in the group sessions regarding the different language concepts, Mathematics and social studies. This helped the students understand the topics better.

Engagement
As evident in the images, the Polokwane branch manager who was facilitating the day’s trip was able to turn it into a mobile classroom, instructing students to collect data, then quizzing them and also assigning a project based on what they learned during the outing.

Field trip

Curiosity
The students saw and learned a lot about the birds and reptiles on display at the park and this peaked their interest immensely. This led to some of them, especially those who are normally shy during the normal group sessions, asking lots of questions and opening up in the less formal setting.

Bonding
Getting away from the everyday atmosphere of the classroom gave students an opportunity to spend time with each other in a new environment. This helped them connect on more of a personal level without the structure of the normal school day. The students were able to spend much of the day in the small group observing, chatting and learning about each other.

Fun
No matter how much students can learn during their field trip, their favourite memories will often be based on their enjoyment of the day. Getting away from school for a day or even half a day is always exciting for students and the students are already excited about future trips. The students all expressed how much they enjoyed the day and even returned to the normal group sessions with a renewed focus on their schoolwork.

This field trip was well-planned to synchronize with the students’ classroom learning and helped to illustrate difficult concepts that had been covered by giving more specific information. The Polokwane manager was able to provide professional insight from advanced study as well as direct experience that was an excellent supplement for their regular school sessions.

We look forward to more opportunities to enlighten our students through these educational trips.