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Around Shanghai in…not quite 80 days!

16 March 2018

On Tuesday this week the Year 1 children, teachers and parent helpers visited Shanghai Natural History Museum. This is arguably one of Shanghai’s finest museums, especially for children of all ages.

  • Shanghai Natural History Museum.
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum.
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum.
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum.
  • Shanghai Natural History Museum.

Visually the museum itself is stunning where natural light pours in through its unique window design. But never a judge a museum by its exterior, inside is where the ‘magic’ happens. From the moment you enter and make your way through the atrium visitors are greeted with gargantuan hanging aquatic creatures, dinosaurs and animals from all around the world. There are audible WOWs from the children as they crane for a better vantage point of what hangs in front of them. For every teacher it is at this point that you realise just how valuable getting out of the classroom is. But it also reminds you just how rewarding being a teacher can be when you witness all the intakes of breath, muttering and widening eyes.

The trip was designed for the children to make links to our topic of ‘Around the World in 80 Days’. Within this we have researched and learned about countries from all over the world; Egypt, China, Brazil and the USA to name a few. The purpose is to expose children to the world around them, to make them realise that we live on a vast and incredible planet where each country has its own unique landscape, climate, culture and landmarks. Underlying all of this is the simple goal of giving the children a positive, shared experience of their own. It’s something that they can go home and tell all of you about. A little slice of an adventure they had all on their own!

I could talk at length about every exhibit we walked past, all the bugs and sea creatures that we got up close to and all the skeletons and bones that we touched. But I really hope that each child has chatted away at length over the dinner table about everything they have seen. If they haven’t, all I can simply suggest is to ask them. It’s wonderful hearing what each child takes away from their visit. In that respect, each experience is completely unique. Encourage them to talk and to be inquisitive. Maybe do some research at home to help answer and explore their questions. We talk and write at great length here at school, I have no doubts that every child would love to tell you all about it. Here are just a few sound bites from some of the curious children in our care;

“My favourite was that the dinosaur moved” - Carl
“My favourite thing was the woolly mammoth because he was huge” – Eileen
“I liked the dinosaurs because he was chomping his teeth” – Cedric
“I liked the animals and the birds and the old Chinese Clothes” – Elina
“I want to go back again and see the white sturgeon, which is a fish. They are dangerous but not scary” - Ciaran

We all look forward to seeing you all at the Year 1 Parent Showcase this Friday at 9am.

Adam Webb, Year 1 Leader