Posted 12th June 2014 by Alaina Wong
Field trips are one of the most fun bits about being at school, but they can be really expensive; research found cost to be the biggest barrier for teachers taking students on trips.
Here are some further statistics:.
* 83 per cent of surveyed teachers and 90 per cent of parents, think field trips are an important part of learning
* Over a third of parents find them hard to pay for
* Over 20 per cent of teachers have taken fewer trips this year than last year.
Tesco’s solution to this is Farm To Fork Online Field Trips. Students can visit sites as far afield as the paddy fields of India using Google+ Connected Classrooms technology. They can meet the food producers themselves and discover where their food comes from.
The Eat Happy Project is Tesco’s long-term commitment to help improve children’s relationship with food. Farm to Fork is the first initiative, which is all about helping children learn how their food is made and where it comes from. They get to smell, touch and taste their way through the intriguing world of food. This should make it easier for children to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. Once the mystery is removed from food it becomes less daunting.
So far, Online Field Trips have transported students to Naples to learn about pasta, to Cornwall to talk sardines, and to Cambridgeshire to investigate mushrooms. Here are some students from Niddrie Mill Primary School in Edinburgh enjoying the Perfect Pasta trip, in which pasta producer and Tesco supplier Giuseppe Di Martino guided them through the pasta-making process and answered their questions:
Children also recreated the famous "spaghetti-tree hoax" from 1957, when Panorama broadcast a spoof report on Swiss spaghetti trees on April Fool's Day. The BBC got hundreds of phone calls the next day from viewers who wanted to grow their own!
There are more Online Field Trips planned for each week until the end of the school year and they will re-start in September. Future destinations include a cheese creamery in Yorkshire and a strawberry farm in Kent. Students will also be brought together with other classes from across the UK.
Farm To Fork also includes Farm To Fork Trails, taking children to see where their food comes from. So far over 200,000 children have taken part in stores, on farms and in factories, or through arranged visits to schools. Watch this video to see what the trails are all about.
Schools can register now at eathappyproject.com