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Madmog Tue 20-Nov-12 14:51:08

Does anyone know what generally happens if a few pupils from each year don't go on a school trip, ie lessons as normal, put in with other year band? My daughter has just started Year 7 and doesn't want to go on a school day trip abroad next year as she suffers from travel sickness as it's a long way just of the day.

I need to speak to a particular teacher at the school, but in all fairness she's either teaching or on her break, so haven't been able to check this out.

bruffin Tue 20-Nov-12 15:49:18

Its very unlikely the whole year go, at dcs school it is lessons as normal.

TheOriginalSteamingNit Tue 20-Nov-12 15:51:37

Dd is on year 7 residential at the mo, those who aren't going have a different timetable for the week so that the groups are normal sized I suppose.

amck5700 Tue 20-Nov-12 18:11:25

Many Many years ago when I was at school, I was the only one in my class who didn't go on a weeks residential. Long story but basically I knew my parents couldn't afford it so I never gave them any of the letters about it so they were oblivious.

I was supposed to go into another classes lessons but after turning up the first couple on the first morning and discovering that I was not expected or particularly wanted, I just skived of the rest of the week. Couldn't stay at home for obvious reasons so spent the week hanging about in the multi story flats nearby sad

My son takes Joyrides and he is never travel sick anymore and they don't make you drowsy, Could she try something like that and join in with her class?

noblegiraffe Tue 20-Nov-12 18:26:19

Kids who don't go on trips go to lessons as normal. As they all see different teachers at different times it would be a nightmare to organise alternative provision.

picturesinthefirelight Tue 20-Nov-12 18:29:00

Many years ago I was one of only a handful of kids who didn't go on a week long outward bound trip (as it sounded like my idea of hell)

I remember being shunted around various classes with activities/revision type work given to me.

Pancakeflipper Tue 20-Nov-12 18:31:16

If it is a residential trip then our school get in a supply teacher who is used alot by our school and she does a curriculum for the days the others are way - trying to encompass what the others are doing - e.g if the others are doing geology - the teacher takes them to the museum in town to see their geology display and takes them on a walk. There is an effort to make the time different and fun so the kids are having a different experience to normal school.

BackforGood Tue 20-Nov-12 18:35:05

There are likely to be lots who don't go on the trip - those one day trips abroad are a complete waste of time. The ones that don't go stay on normal timetable, and, if they have a lesson with a teacher who is on the trip, then they are likely to have a cover superviser.

BoundandRebound Wed 21-Nov-12 06:17:42

If the whole of year 7 is supposed to go it would be highly unlikely that regular lessons will happen, the teachers taking the bulk of year 7 classes would be going to.

So she will either be assigned to a specific teacher /lsa for the day and do work left behind her by teachers or will be folded into another year group.

Best to ask the school their plans really

mummytime Wed 21-Nov-12 06:22:36

If almost everyone is going, then they usually have an "off curriculum day" doing educational ish things but more fun than normal. BUT if only a smallish number go, eg. A trip to the Christmas market in Germany, then those left behind do normal lessons.

BoundandRebound Wed 21-Nov-12 06:26:49

How do you think there will be normal lessons if most of year are out? There will be teachers out too. Those who aren't will be reassigned to cover the classes taught to other year groups by teachers who have hone on trip. There needs to be a significant number of students staying for a normal curriculum to remain

claraschu Wed 21-Nov-12 06:51:48

amck that is so sad. You must have been a wonderful child. Did you ever tell your parents?

amck5700 Wed 21-Nov-12 08:15:04

clasaschu - thank you - I was the youngest of 7, my parents worked very hard but we didn't have spare cash when I was young. I know they would have found the money for me to go but I didn't want them to have to go short. tbh, none of us ever asked for anything and when we were younger I dont think we realised we were poor - we were very happy.

No, I never told them, my Dad died when my son was a baby - he was only 67. My mum is nearly 80 now.

Madmog Wed 21-Nov-12 10:19:46

Thanks for all your replies. She's always done the primary school trips which are about an hour from home. Although, I'd love her to go for the experience, I totally understand she doesn't want to spend over 50% of the trip travelling and feeling sick. Think I might have a word with the parents of children in the other band though, and ask if she can join them at lunchtime.

amck5700 Wed 21-Nov-12 10:43:43

Has she ever tried any anti travel sickness medication?

crazygracieuk Wed 21-Nov-12 10:45:31

Our school merged the people who didn't go into a temporary class.

ByTheWay1 Wed 21-Nov-12 10:49:57

Ours only has residentials during "activities week" in July - that way no-one misses any schooling and those who do not go on any of the trips have other things to occupy them - sports coaching, craft training, big art projects etc etc...

Hulababy Wed 21-Nov-12 10:51:45

Depends how many don't go.

If there are several children still at school from the class/year then it is generally lessons as normal.
If there are very few - they will be put with the next year up.

happygardening Wed 21-Nov-12 13:32:27

"as she suffers from travel sickness as it's a long way just of the day."
I suffer from terrible motion sickness 2 mins on a boating lake and Im vomiting everywhere there are now many excellent medications you can take stugaron works really well although makes you slightly drowsy but not not flat out asleep.
Don't let motion sickness interfere with here life I recently went away with my university for week on a coach (im always sick on coaches) to a tiny island touring around hair pin bends I was dreading it because of the motion sickness but took stugaron as prescribed sat in the front of the coach and wasn't sick once. I had a fantastic time.

amck5700 Wed 21-Nov-12 14:17:53

happy - i have mentioned anti sickness medication twice but OP doesn't seem to be interested. Joy Rides are great and don't make yoiu drowsy either.

Madmog Wed 21-Nov-12 14:18:51

Is Stugaron available on prescription from the doctor? We've tried a couple of over the counter tablets from Boots, travel sickness but still came. She has travel bands and we've worked out she tends to travel better without any diary products in her tummy but about an hour is the limit. Unfortunately, she gets it from her Mum!

happygardening Wed 21-Nov-12 14:49:47

I get mine over the counter. Go and talk to your GP about it. Travel bands don't do anything well at least they dont for me. Ensure the school knows she must sit in the front seat and look straight ahead out of of the window not sideways avoid others eating strong smelling food in my case mints are the worst they always makes me sick and strong smelling perfume and when abroad drivers smoking. I have to stop the car/coach/horsebox/boat/fairground ride/childs roundabout/child swing/bus as soon as I start to feel sick (Im a perfect passenger!) and be given a chance to get over it and and avoid others being sick! Funny but Im rarely offered as lift anywhere.

happygardening Wed 21-Nov-12 14:52:37

I thought you became accustomed to it but apparently Nelson who suffered from terrible motion sickness got used to it whilst actually on a voyage (Ive never been anywhere long enough to get used to it) but when he started the next voyage it was back to square 1 all over again!
Oh and Im sure you know this never read!

ISingSoprano Wed 21-Nov-12 17:20:33

When dd went on a school residential to France I got some Scopoderm patches from the GP. You stick them behind your ear and one patch lasts for up to 72 hours.

bruffin Wed 21-Nov-12 18:00:52

You can but sturgeon over the counter. I use that or avomine.
Avomine I take the night before because it knocks me out, but am fine the next day for travelling

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