Monday, 23 January 2012 3:51 PM
A great way to really engage students with their subjects, learning outside the classroom can be an excellent means of bringing the curriculum to life. From English and art to science and history, there is no topic that cannot be explored in London.
Boasting a wealth of historical sites, museums and galleries, the capital is a fantastic place to take those under your tutelage on an educational excursion. Of course, an additional benefit is that it is easier to reach than destinations overseas – but you'll find that London has so much more to offer than convenience alone.
Maths tours are just one of the many worthwhile options available to you. While this subject may not be the most immediately obvious candidate for a field trip to the capital, it is one that can really benefit from experiences outside of the classroom.
Indeed, it will allow your students to see how the principles they have learned apply in real-life situations. Head to the National Gallery, for example, and they can discover representations of the golden ratio by Leonardo da Vinci.
Giving them time to explore the institution's work, you will also offer them the chance to see how maths relates to the realm of art, allowing them to look at their studies in a different way.
Meanwhile, simply taking a walk around the capital's attractions can be an immensely valuable exercise. While doing so, students can put the theories they have learned into practice.
For example, they can use shadows to calculate the height of buildings, and while walking over the Millennium Bridge they can ponder its famous 'wobble problem' and brainstorm what mathematical obstacles its engineers had to overcome.
An inspiring destination for so many other subjects, the capital is also an excellent place for English tours. Home to a huge number of theatres, London famously plays host to the historic Shakespeare's Globe, so why not take your class to see the Bard's work brought to life on the stage?
Art students, meanwhile, can take a walk around some of the city's famous buildings and discuss their architectural styles, spotting any street art along the way. Of course, there are also a wealth of galleries to visit, from the splendid Saatchi Gallery, which showcases work from upcoming artists, to the fabulous Tate Britain and Tate Modern.
Those getting to grips with history could enjoy a boat tour, on which they could spot some of the location's most important historical landmarks. Destinations such as the Imperial War Museum and the Cabinet War Rooms also offer an excellent way to broaden students' understanding – and enjoyment – of the subject.
These are just a handful of the possibilities for an educational excursion to London – why not start planning your trip today?