Hornchurch Academy Trust

Educational Visits

Why we offer school trips

Memories of school educational trips are among the most prominent of the formative years, largely because they are a welcome break in the routine for both students and teachers.  While their purpose is essentially to educate, they can also be a fun bonding experience for everyone involved.


The trip can reinforce what a teacher has been instructing in class about a subject and help students understand the topic better.


Teachers turn trips into mobile classrooms, instructing students to collect data, then quizzing them or assigning a project based on what they learned during the outing.


Taking students into a new environment gives them the experience of travelling in a group and teaches them to be respectful of the locations they visit.


Children get to visit a place to which they have never been before.  This can be particularly advantageous to students who are less fortunate and don't have the opportunity to travel.


Students who go on educational trips find that they want to learn more about the subjects on which the trip focused.


The type of memories that educational trips create, called "episodic memories", helps children retain information for longer periods.

We value the support families give towards our trips and events programme.  Without their support we would not be able to offer the range of activities that we do.  Financial support is available in accordance with our Charging Policy.  Talk to the School Business Manager in confidence if you require assistance.

Examples of Educational Visits and Workshops that take place throughout the year are below:

Year 3 Stoneage Workshop Autumn Term
Year 3 Kew Gardens Spring Term
Year 3 Egyptian Workshop Summer Term
Year 3 British Museum Summer Term
Year 4 States of Matter Workshop Autumn Term
Year 4 Animals Workshop Spring Term
Year 4 Matilda Theatre Show Spring Term
Year 5 National Gallery Autumn Term
Year 5 WW2 Residential Summer Term
Year 6 East London Mosque Autumn Term
Year 6 PGL Residential Summer Term