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FEATURE FOCUS: SCHOOL TRIPS


A fun and affordable school trip to the Museum of London for English GCSE


Due to this success, I thought I would write


about how I ran the trip and organised it all before hand. So, follow along...


Breadcrumbs Game Hunt If you have never heard of the Breadcrumbs Game company, they make various hunts for different venues. They are different to other scavenger hunts that have you walking around London, as Breadcrumbs’ hunts operate in a specific building like the Natural History Museum. Their hunts are normally for all ages, but mostly aimed at adults and families on a day out. This newer hunt at the Museum of London is


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n our first feature this month looking at school trips, we hear from Charlotte


Bleakley, English and Media Teacher, who explains how a school trip to the Museum of London became a fun-filled adventure thanks to the Breadcrumbs Game company. At the end of the summer term, I took 35 Year


7 students on a trip to the Museum of London where they worked in teams using their phones to solve a set of riddles. They may have viewed it as a hunt for clues and problem solving, but they were in fact absorbing information that they will need for the English GCSE Literature exam in 4 years time. With Dominos Pizza thrown in for a lunch time


snack, it cost each student £6 for a day out in London on our school trip. GCSE content, teamwork and fun for a really easy to manage school trip.


slightly different as it has been designed for students in Secondary Education, with a focus on English GCSE context. It costs £7.50 per group/mobile phone, and I recommend having groups of 4 or less (as they all use one phone per group). The hunt itself only operates in the 19th


Century section of the museum, which I liked because it meant that students could not wander off and staff could manage the areas easily. We brought 35 students along with us on two


trips over two days. I wouldn’t take more than 40-45 students to do the trip at once as the group riddles can overlap occasionally. If you wanted to take a bigger group or two class sizes, you could also consider taking 30 students upstairs to the older history area (16th-18th century) and to the cafe area next to it, whilst the other 30 complete the hunt, and then swap over.


Setting the trip up Once you know the dates and numbers of students going on the trip, you need to contact the Museum of London itself. Breadcrumbs Game is not owned by the Museum and so you need to


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ask for a 1-2 hour time slot in the following areas for your school trip: the Expanding City Gallery, the Victorian Walk and the start of the People’s City gallery. The museum may give you an hour at the Expanding City and a second hour at the People’s city, but the staff were fine with us using both parts at the same time. Once the museum time slot, area and date are


booked, you can then pay for the number of groups that you require through the Breadcrumbs website, with a maximum of 15 groups being booked in one transaction. I recommend paying the text message surcharge, so that students without Facebook Messenger can play.


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