Students might be good at reciting and remembering things but they often don’t make the connection unless they experience it first-hand. The search for relevance is a basic feature which is very important for student cognition, motivation, engagement and learning.
Field trips are a key component of our school instruction; they broaden the educational experience by going beyond the curriculum and establish strong literacy and cross-curricular connections to make a subject more relevant. Field trips connect the dots for our students by providing real experiences related to all content areas.
Field trips are integrated into the curriculum as a pedagogic strategy to foster active learning rather than passive learning. For example, a trip to the science centre or the museum provides active and engaged learning, inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying, and allows them to see how ideas are connected.
A trip to a conservation centre or walking trail can instill an awareness and appreciation of the natural world, while also developing an understanding of the relationships between healthy ecological systems in our life.
Inviting scientists to school is another experience wherein our students engage themselves in real-world experiences that spark curiosity and nurture their inquisitive young minds by discovering the fascinating and fun side of science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM).
Teaching in such a student centred contextual manner promotes student to student and student to teacher collaboration as well as critical thinking, decision making, and knowledge retention.