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5 Of The Best School Trips to Celebrate The End of Term

Matt Crisp June 26, 2023

It’s fast approaching the end of the academic year, and many schools will be planning a trip out to round off the term. Here are some of the most popular days out for pupils up to the age of 16. 

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

The world famous heritage site on the Salisbury Plain is an awe-inspiring site in its own right; an ancient mystery that reminds us that we don’t have the answers to everything no matter how sophisticated technology is. However, it’s also an excellent opportunity to teach pupils about the Neolithic era and ancient forms of religion. 

As well as history, there are also plenty of other learning opportunities, from the geography and science of how the prehistoric people went about constructing the monument, to the art and literature it has inspired over the decades. 

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

The Alton Towers theme park remains a firm favourite for school trips out. Besides having over 40 different hair raising rides to enjoy, the resort also has educational facilities that are aligned with the national curriculum. The focus of the trip can therefore be simply fun and reward for a year of hard work, or more educational. 

The educational team has fully qualified teachers on hand to deliver STEM subjects, talks, and workshops. There are also residential facilities and the opportunity to take part in team building activities. 

Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

The 2000 year old Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland still captures the imagination of successive generations. Houseteads on the Whin Sill escarpment is the most intact Roman Fort in Britain and is the perfect opportunity to teach students about the life of the Roman settlers.  

English Heritage provides expert-led discovery trips that are fun as well as meeting key stage teaching requirements. It includes learning about the clothes, tools, and weapons used by Roman soldiers and the chance to get all dressed up for battle. 

The Dinosaur Museum, Dorchester

The award-winning Dinosaur Museum is located just a few miles away from the Jurassic Coast, and it brings to life a subject that never fails to fascinate children of all ages. The Museum is packed with local discoveries of fossils and skeletons, and also has life-size recreations of dinosaurs.

There is the opportunity to educate students about geology, biology, history and prehistoric lifeforms. The environmental conditions that allowed dinosaurs to survive and evolve, and then eventually become extinct, can also be introduced into the visit. 

The National Sealife Centre, Birmingham

The Sealife Centre provides an excellent opportunity to teach students about the creatures that live in the oceans and seas. There is the chance to see a variety of sea creatures in interactive themed zones, including penguins, sharks, sea otters, turtles, rays, seahorses, clownfish, and much more. 

There is a living reef edge, a mini tropical ocean, a rockpool, and an incredible 360° Ocean Tunnel, where you can see sharks swimming all around you. There is also the chance to meet Molokai, a giant green sea turtle who weighs 20 stone. 

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