As a valuable opportunity to enrich the learning experience of students, field trips are arranged at all class levels of our education programs. Field trips inside or outside the city for a given school year are planned in August, in line with the learning outcomes for the academic program. The determined dates are then announced to students and parents via the academic calendar. All students are expected to attend field trips, as they are an essential part of the academic life.
Excursions, which allow students to experience their own way of active learning, hold an important place in our program. We get prepared for all field excursions taking into consideration the following basic principles:
- Suitability to the age group
- Each student in the class should have the means to go to the planned excursion
- The connection between the curriculum and themes.
- Before the planned excursion, give students information about the chosen place and elicit their questions
- After the excursion, have the students discuss what they saw and make a travel-related activity (like drawing or making a model)
The possible excursions throughout the year are planned in line with the themes. However, excursions to the places such as exhibitions, fairs and festivals, whose dates are not predetermined, are also organized. On average 10-12 field excursions will be scheduled throughout the school year, depending on different age groups.
At Açı Schools, excursions and presentations by guest speakers are accepted as supportive activities of learning. They are planned in a manner that will contribute to the students’ research, listening, critical and analytical thinking skills. To grasp social science subjects better and to actively learn by doing, living and experiencing, there would be an excursion/guest speaker lecture for each theme, as much as possible. Excursions are short, in-city trips during the 1st-3rd grades of Primary school, however one out-of-town trip is added on, in the 4th grade. As of secondary school, the number of out of town trips increases in line with the age development stage. For each grade, there are on average 9-12 excursions and interviews planned per year.
For the 1st graders, a Göçmen Ranch Excursion to experience and learn about the animals in their natural environment and nests, their sounds and movements; For the 2nd graders, a Planetarium excursion to reinforce the space subject taught in the class; For 3rd graders, an excursion to the aquarium; For the 4th graders, excursions to mosques, churches and synagogues regarding beliefs and tolerance; can be given as examples.
As of 4th grade, out-of-town excursions start. While preparing for all the excursions and determining the activities to be held before, during and after the trip 3 important aspects are taken into consideration ; the active participation of the students in the process, opportunitie for learning by experience and from each other and giving responsibilities that would develop the students life skills.
City excursions of secondary school are revised each year, according to the needs of the curriculum. Here are the out-of-town trips that are performed each year.
Açı High School plans both local and abroad trips for courses in different grade levels, in accordance with the educational attainments.
For example, there are excursions to Orhan Kemal Museum in the 9th grade, to Galata Mevlevi Museum in the 10th grade and Tevfik Fikret Museum in the 11th grade, in relation to Turkish Literature courses. In addition to excursions in Istanbul, there are also such excursions like visiting Atatürk Arboretum regarding the biology lesson.
Examples of excursions outside Istanbul are; Çanakkale (High School prep class), Ankara (high school prep), Balıkesir-Edremit (9th grade science trip), Antalya-Denizli (9th grade history trip), Dalyan (10th grade science trip), East Mediterranean(10th grade geography-history).
The trip to Athens (11th grade) and Florence trip (11th grade) also take place in Açı High School program and they are important trips abroad in the sense that they enable students to learn through visiting, seeing and implementing, thus making learning process more meaningful.