Visits and excursions
When planning excursions, you might want to consider the following list of government sites that could be visited:
- a council meeting
- waste management centres
- water management centres
- animal refuges
- environmental centres
- local museums
- local historical monuments
- areas where community action has made a difference (parks, sites where beautification schemes have operated or art works have been used).
When discussing your visit with council workers it may be useful to provide some hints on how they might prepare their presentation.
When planning excursions or visits by speakers, consider the following suggestions and use the Checklist template new window 22K to record your actions.
- Contact the local council to obtain the contact details of the officer in charge of excursions or visits.
- Decide whether a number of sites should be visited if the excursion is to last for a full day.
- Research the sites so that links can be made with classroom teaching before and after the visit.
- Determine how many students are likely to attend.
- Obtain any necessary booking sheets. Complete and return them.
- Decide when and where students will eat lunch and make sure toilet facilities are adequate and accessible.
- Book buses after clearing costs with school administration.
- Make a list of materials students will need for the day (worksheets, pen, hats, water, food, covered shoes) and inform students and parents.
- Prepare a letter for parents or guardians to sign, providing permission for their child to participate. Include details of venue, time, purpose, cost and equipment needed.
- Practise thanking the speakers and arrange for a student to speak on behalf of the group.
- Prepare for the visit by incorporating subject matter into classroom tasks. Check what literacy and numeracy skills are needed to gain maximum benefit from the visit.
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