School trips are a brilliant way to put the knowledge your class has learnt into context by seeing real examples of the theories you have discussed through the term. London has a wealth of opportunities for school trips, and we’ve rounded up our favourite three locations for a school trip to London.
1) London Zoo
London Zoo is great fun for pupils and teachers alike, and you can learn all about the animals and their habitats. This is great for Science or Geography, as you can learn about animals from all around the world and discuss the similarities and differences between the species and why this might be. Why are polar bears white? Why do giraffes have long necks? It makes it much more engaging for the children if they can see the animals up close, and there are lots of talks all through the day from the zookeepers where the children can witness feeding times and ask questions.
2) South Kensington Museums
South Kensington is without a doubt the best place to go if you’re looking for museums, as all three of the major London museums can easily be seen in a day. The Science Museum features lots of interactive exhibits relating to science and technology. The Natural History Museum is all about geology, archaeology and everything to do with the natural world, and the V&A has some fascinating exhibitions relating to art, fashion and design, so is great if you want to get your pupils learning about art history.
3) Thames cruise
It might sound like a disaster waiting to happen taking an entire class onto a boat, but it’s great fun for everyone. You can get a tour guide to tell you all about the history of all the sights you will see from the river, including Big Ben, the Shard and Canary Wharf, so it’s fantastic if your pupils are learning about the development of cities or geography, and you can also incorporate it into a history module.