I was at the village school in Lincolnshire
from 1937 to 1942. Yes, it was wartime, but the only trip out from school was a bus trip to Elksley Waterworks in Nottinghamshire. I remember it vividly and just as vivid was the build up to it, deciding on the packed lunch, what to wear etc.
At Grammar School (1942 to 1949) I don't remember any school trips of any kind.
What about projects? I remember one at the village school and I still remember the excitement of doing it. We had to collect labels off tins which showed where they came from. Remember this was wartime, so there can't have been that many surely. Our teacher put a map of the world on the wall and we stuck a pin and a bit of the label in the right place. Is that why I am still so interested in Geography?
At Grammar School I don't remember any - it was heads down, get learning.
Today in our local, weekly paper (The Darlington and Stockton Times - published every Friday) is an article which shows just how much more exciting a place school is these days.
Two of our Primary Schools started by writing letters to one another - pupil to pupil. Then, after reading about a character called 'Flat Stanley' they each drew Flat Stanley on card and coloured him in. Then they sent their Flat Stanley to their pen friend in the other school, who sent theirs the same so that everyone ended up with a Stanley to call his own.
Now, for a week, each child kept a Diary about the adventures Stanley had with them. Then both schools got together for a morning's Workshop of Art, Drama and Writing. Back in their own schools the children are now in the process of writing stories about the character and the aim is finally to produce a book of stories.
Isn't that just a splendid idea?
I would love to know whether your school had projects and visits. Times have changed so much.
In my day women teachers were not even allowed to marry (of course men could!!); we only had one Mrs on the staff and she was a war widow. Our Primary school teacher was one Miss Kirkbride - past retirement age but kept on because of the war years. When the boys left to go to the Boys' School in the next village (at eight) their teacher was Johnnie Laws; a firm disciplinarian adored by all the pupils (and father of a large family).
Now my grand=daughter, who teaches in Glasgow and is on Maternity leave, is planning to take her baby into school to show to her class - all keen and eager to see her.
There is no doubt which is the best method is there, but we can't move ahead of the times in these things can we?