Field Study trips for school groups

While any school trip where children are taken on a learning experience outside the normal classroom could be described as a field trip, when we talk about field work or field studies we are specifically referring to trips that cover geographical or environmental science topics, and those designed to allow students to make quantitative research such as sampling strategies, or qualitative observations of their immediate surroundings from a scientific perspective.

What sort of activities can children get involved in?

The National Curriculum for KS2 states that Geographical field work skills that children should be able to demonstrate include, measuring and recording features the urban and rural landscape using methods such as plans, maps, and digital technologies. For KS3 it suggests that students use field work to collect, analyse and draw conclusions from geographical data.

More specifically, on a field work school trip students could be asked to carry out various forms of sampling in order to find statistical significances. They may record levels of light, temperature or humidity to study micro-climates. River processes and flooding analysis may be assessed by measuring channel velocity or mapping techniques. Coastal erosion management practices or urban economic development trends may be studied using historic data sources.

On this page you will find details of the best environmental studies centres in the UK. Covering all key stages, the courses available below will provide your students with practical experience that will improve their understanding of environmental issues.

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