Baking bread, exploring mines or sleeping in a yurt is all on offer - and need not cost a fortune, says Isabella Kaminski
Rising petrol prices and unpredictable public transport can make school trips in Wales costly. But you can give lessons a fun practical boost by making the most of local and grassroots resources.
Environmental projects such as the Down To Earth outdoor centre near Swansea, for example, are a good value way of introducing pupils to ideas of sustainability and citizenship, which are heavily featured in the revised curriculum.
Museums such as Big Pit and St Fagans in South Wales are good for learning about local history. They are free and also welcome school groups, says Jonathan Bussy, a Year 6 teacher at Llanedeyrn Primary School in Cardiff.
Jonathan has also taken a group on a more unusual trip to visit the Cardiff Bay barrage, a huge engineering project in the city's harbour area. "If you can get them out on trips you learn so much more than you do in the classroom," he says.
With a little extra planning, teachers of pupils with special educational or physical needs can also make the most of local museums and community projects.
Disabled access to centres has vastly improved, says Jane Pereira, who has recently retired as a teacher at Erw'r Delyn special school in Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan.
"We have a group of children who can't go out without a nurse, so that is something else that has to be organised," she says.
Staff at the school use sign language to relay information to pupils with hearing difficulties, for example, so disability does not have to be a barrier to pupils going on school trips.
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