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Drusillas Park field trip

Students on our undergraduate primary teaching courses visited Drusillas Park as part of their studies.

The Drusillas trip was linked to the ‘Learning Beyond the Classroom’ module and attended by the year 3 science subject study group.

During the day the students were able to explore the importance of offering their pupils different ways of learning and experience some of the opportunities available to support science. They were also able to think about organising trips from a teacher’s perspective.

Senior lecturer Jessica Baines-Holmes said: “Learning outside the classroom can bring science alive and make it meaningful and relevant to children’s lives. To help our students understand the potential of outside learning in their teaching they need to take part themselves.

“By visiting Drusillas our students were able to gain hands-on knowledge of how to support children’s learning in science and also experience the awe and wonder of such an exciting learning environment.”

The trip included looking around the zoo at the different animals, handling artefacts, an animal handling session and a talk from the education officer on how to arrange school trips.

The students had a great day and comments included:

“I look forward to in my future career to being able to take my own class on a school trip to Drusillas’”

“It wasn’t just good for our learning in science, it was good for our wellbeing”

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Kerry Burnett • March 31, 2022

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