CONNECTING THE CURRICULUM TO THE REAL WORLD
In a typical year at The Kidzone Academy, the kids go on at least two learning expeditions, one in Term 1, one in Term 2 and an in-house expedition in Term 3. From museums to restaurants; from the national library to a tour around the city and sea side villages; from a pediatrician in-house visit to a visit from The National Ballanta Academy of Arts and the National Sierra Leone Dance Troupe, The Kidzone Academy is always ready to embark on these learning expeditions. They range from small enterprises like a local restaurant to big establishments like museums, but they all provide chances to plan expeditions that directly tie in to and enhance what students are learning.
These outings differ from field trips in that they focus specifically on connecting the trip to the curriculum content that students are learning. Our learning expeditions are focused trips that usually take from 45 minutes to two hours. These expeditions allow the learning that takes place in our classrooms to come to life. The school aims to expose our students to the 'reality outside the classroom'. We do this by incorporating field trips and visiting speakers who are experts in their field into our curriculum plans.