School trips

What a success! No injuries, no lost children, no kidnaps!

Yesterday, I took my class on a school trip, which to some maybe daunting in itself. However, I was feeling slightly nervous as I had arranged this outing on my own (I had to ensure I had booked transport and the museum on the correct day and the right times) as well as being solely responsible for the children (I did have a teaching assistant and parent volunteers but if anything had gone wrong it was my fault). I have to say, I wouldn’t have been able to do the trip without the help of my TA or parent so are extremely grateful to them.

As with a number of school trip, head counts are important and at regular intervals along with paper work and risk assessments (all completed in full before the day). It’s a good job I’m organised and love planning trips.

When the kids arrived at school, I could tell from their faces and huge smiles, that they were looking forward to the day ahead. After giving clear instruction and expectations, we were on our way to board public transport. The best thing about taking a group of school children on a public bus is seeing all the faces thinking “Why did I get on this bus with all the loud children? This is going to spoil my quiet journey!”

Soon after, we arrived at the museum slightly early so I aloud the children to run around the green to get rid of their energy before listening and learning from someone new.

During the day, we had two workshops about Africa: one to get an overview with different artefacts and the other to delve deeper into african masks. The children seem to enjoy learning, sketching and man handling the different objects. Even I learnt a few things about Africa which I didn’t know about before: the rings on some of the tribes necks; traditions about what happens to children at the age of 13; how many countries there are in the world.

Transporting ourselves back to school was a slight worry, as I thought we wouldn’t fit on the bus and the kids had to squeeze on a few seats. With a sigh of relief, we arrived safe and sound for the end of the school day, with smiles on our faces and children full of excitement to tell their parent about the day.

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