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Year 5’s Last Day on the Silk Road

11 December 2014

Last Friday Year 5 had their last exciting experience in the Silk Road Themed Learning project they have been studying this term. Each teacher offered a different activity, showcasing one area of learning along the Silk Road and the children had a full day of different thrilling experiences.

  • Year 5 students at BISS Puxi rounding off their learning on the Silk Road topic.

We hold days like this with the idea of providing a powerful memory for the children to hang the rest of their learning on, as well as ensure there is reflection and tying together of ideas at the end of a unit. They are a great way to end a topic and very effective at generating excitement and enthusiasm.

Mrs Westwood showed children how to make Chinese spade shaped coins inspired by the artefacts year 5 saw in the Shanghai Museum. These coins were found all along the Silk Route by archaeologists, having been brought along by Chinese merchants and travelled as they traded them.

Mr Harriot modelled how to create a video diary, and the children wrote scripts, rehearsed and recorded their thoughts and reflections about their learning over the last term using cameras.

Ms Wong helped children create traditional paper-cuts of the Chinese characters for double happiness, which merchants along the silk routes would have seen as they passed weddings. Chinese art was also one of many cultural exchanges that took place from East to West.

Mr Fisher allowed the children an opportunity for creative writing about the Silk Road, while Miss McMullen taught the children to prepare fried noodles in the new kitchen classrooms, as noodles were one of the foods that travelled down the Silk Road emerging in Europe as spaghetti and all over East Asia.

The children had a great day and the day rounded of the unit well.

“It was a good way to end the subject; it was exciting, fun and adventurous and I got to remember everything we’d done. My favourite part of the day was the cooking because it was the first time I got to make the food I ate in school.” - Aayush 5U

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