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Importance of School Excursion Activities

Dec 18

It is widely accepted that school excursions provide a range of learning opportunities for children and young people to engage with the environment, community and the real world. They can foster learning in an immersive and interactive way that goes beyond the classroom. Excursions allow students to develop important skills, knowledge and an appreciation of their local environment, culture, history and other topics.

Definition of school excursions

The term ‘school excursion’ is used to describe educational activities that are outside the normal classroom environment. They can involve visiting places or doing activities such as Science Centre visits, outdoor activities, visits to historical sites, exploring the local environment, cultural visits, and interactive activities with experts in their fields. These activities can be provided on-site, nearby, or at a distant location. A visit to AQWA is a great example of an excursion that will enable students to observe and explore marine life in its natural environment while learning about the importance of conservation and sustainability.

Benefits of school excursion activities

School excursions provide a range of educational benefits to the students participating, such as gaining new perspectives and learning new skills. There are also social benefits associated with it, including the development of teamwork and leadership skills, as well as providing opportunities for bonding and friendship. Excursions offer an opportunity for students to make connections between the classroom and real life. 

Educational value of excursions

The educational value of school excursions lies in the fact that they provide students with experiences that they may not have access to in the classroom environment. Excursions create an opportunity for students to interact with experts in their field, explore real-world applications of their studies, and gain experience of being in the outdoors.

Social and personal development opportunities

School excursions can also help students grow and develop, as they provide opportunities to build self-confidence and learn how to interact with others in social settings. In addition, they can help students develop problem-solving and planning skills, as well as the ability to work as part of a team.


Real-world application of classroom learning

School excursions can also provide students with great real-world applications of their classroom learning. This includes the chance to apply what they have learned in the laboratory to the field, the laboratory to the museum, and the theory to the practice. Excursions create pathways to the real world, enabling students to explore and experience the world around them in a tangible way.

Engaging with the community and environment

When students go on excursions, they are likely to encounter members of the local community, learn about their history, explore their culture, and appreciate their environment. By doing so, students gain a greater appreciation for the world around them. In addition, it helps students develop an understanding of how to interact with people who may come from different backgrounds and beliefs.  


School excursions create an exciting break from the classroom environment and offer a range of opportunities for students to explore, learn, grow and become empowered. As well as providing educational benefits, they allow students to gain knowledge, confidence, a better understanding of their environment, and various other skills that will prove invaluable in the future.