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Our School Educational Field Trip To Dairy Farm And Biscuit Factory Near Hyderabad

We the students of Classes 3, 4 and 5 of Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Hyderabad went on an educational trip to Masqati Dairy Farm in Gurram Guda and Parle Biscuit Factory in Sayeedabad near Hyderabad on 5th February 2019.

Last year in December 2017, we had a wonderful fun-filled day at The Hidden Castle.

We all eagerly waited for the day making plans for the trip. On the field trip day we all lined up after our morning prayers, with much excitement and walked out of the classroom. We boarded the respective buses and felt too happy to go on a field trip with our school /classmates. After taking the attendance, teachers also boarded the bus and we all shouted cheerfully as the bus started. We waved our hands to our parents who were waiting outside the buses. We felt very happy to go on a long bus ride with our classmates.
It was a joyous one-hour (approx) ride from our school in Begumpet to the dairy farm. On reaching Masqati Dairy Farm in Gurram Guda, we all were given head caps made of eco-friendly material to wear. It is mandatory to wear these caps before entering into the farm.

After wearing caps we were taken in lines through different units of the farm. An uncle, I think, working in the farm escorted us and showed us the different units in the farm and explained about the working of these unit.

We were taken to the production unit where we saw milk being processed. We were surprised to see huge machines in which cream is being separated from the milk. From here, we were taken to the packing unit where we saw milk being packed. We were awed to see the finished products i.e. the milk packets which we get regularly in our homes.

Then we walked to another unit where we saw the preparation of ghee (clarified butter). Here we saw some special type of machines used for making ghee. Our next visit was to the unit where flavoured milk like badam (almond) milk is prepared and then bottled. It was very interesting to see the bottles of different flavours of milk being coming out as finished products in this unit. Here the farm uncle gave each one of us, a badam milk bottle as a compliment.
We were damn tired with long walking through different units inside the farm. We were so thirsty that we emptied the flavored milk bottle within no time.

And finally we were taken to the section where yummy ice creams of different flavours are made. Here also the farm uncle gave us complimentary ice creams to taste. I got my favourite butter scotch flavour which I relished the most. After enjoying the ice cream we were taken to the place in the farm where the animals are kept. Here we saw many cows and buffaloes grazing. There were nearly 300 buffaloes at this place and few horses as well. At this place the farm uncle showed us how fodder i.e. food for animals is made from rice bran and sugarcane.

It was a great experience of learning for us in the farm. I felt it as an informal classroom. We get the concept of what we learnt from the textbooks but field trips give us an opportunity to see what we learnt, in reality. It's really a great hands-on experience to us.

Once again we boarded our respective buses and we proceeded to Parle G Biscuit Factory in Saidabad, Hyderabad. By the time we reached the factory, it was lunch hour. So, we were seated in a spacious auditorium and we were served puri, spicy potato curry, veg biryani, raita and sooji halwa for lunch.

After a heavy lunch, the factory uncle showed us a documentary film on Biscuit Factory and then we were taken in lines to tour the plant where we got the chance to see the production of biscuits. We were taken through different sections where they showed us the entire step-wise process of biscuit making that involved assembling of ingredients, preparing and packing of biscuits - the finished products (I learnt this word 'finished products' in my Social Studies lesson 'Our Industries'). As we walked through these sections we got to know about various processes involved in biscuit making like kneading, blending, shaping, baking, cooling and packing.

In one of the units one aunt working in the factory gave us 3-4 hot hot crispy freshly baked Hide and Seek Chocolate biscuits. Those were too yummy. And then finally before leaving the factory, they gifted each of us with a freshly baked Parle G biscuit packet.
And now it was time for us to leave the factory and return to our school. Once again we lined up and followed our teachers to board our respective buses. It was a sunny day and we were too tired with walking through different units of the farm and the factory. We reached our school by around 4.30 p.m and waited in the classrooms for our parents to come and pick us up. I was eagerly waiting for my parents as I have lots of experiences / stories about the trip tell to my parents.

It was a wonderful memorable trip for me and I sincerely thank our Principal Vani mam for arranging this educational field trip. I also thank our teachers for taking us to the field trip and my special thanks to our beloved P.T sir (Suresh sir).

Editor's Note - Importance of school educational field trips

  • Educational field trips are an integral part of school curriculum.
  • They provide an opportunity to the students to learn outside the confines of the regular classroom.
  • Students come out of the classroom / school barriers and learn in a much informal way.
  • Students get an opportunity to interact with their schoolmates and teachers in an informal environment.
  • Classroom lessons are brought to life through educational field trips and they provide a great learning experience to the students through observation.
  • Field trips help the students in developing their linguistic, logical and inter-personal skills.
  • They help in broadening the educational experience of students and gives them exposure to the outside world.
  • Field trips give the students an opportunity to understand through observation.
  • Finally it gives the students a contentment smile on their faces with a feeling of great achievement.

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