We love school trips, as they provide our students with opportunities to observe things that they would not see in school. They provide a more tactile, hands-on approach to learning, additional to the visual and audio teaching methods that are used commonly in the classroom and the type of memories that Educational trips create, called ‘episodic memories,’ help children retain information for longer periods.
Getting away from the everyday atmosphere of the classroom gives students an opportunity to spend time with each other in a new environment. They are able to connect on more of a personal level without the structure of the normal school day, because they spend much of the Educational trip day in small groups, observing, chatting and learning about each other.
This was certainly the case this week. Although our Year 3 children didn't need to travel further than our sports hall, their lively sleepover on Thursday night, for some of our children, was their first night away from home and they showed solid organisational skills in making sure that they were ready for bed on time and for class the next day. Despite staff feeling unusually sleepy on Friday, this was definitely one of the Year 3 highlights of this year.
The Year 6 trip to Vietnam National Village for Ethnic Culture and Tourism in Dong Mo, held earlier in the week, supported their current IPC topic covered in class. During the trip, they learnt how Vietnamese culture has changed over time, as well as more about its’ ethnology. They a toured a fascinating historic village, made traditional toys called Tò he and played traditional games.
One of our Year 2 topic exit points last term, held on March 22nd, was entitled ‘Our World Fair’. During this event, the Year Group managed to raise an impressive amount of money to support the ‘Think Playgrounds’ project. ‘Think Playgrounds’ have worked since 2014, to build more than 200 playgrounds for children in communities that cannot afford them. As a result of their fundraising, a playground in Duong Nhan will be open to the children of this community on June 1st, in celebration of International Children’s Day. Over the weekend, some of our Year 2 students with their parents, helped to paint wooden frames and other parts of the playground, planting flowers in readiness for the playground opening. It created a great opportunity for our families to spend time together, contributing towards a great cause.
I would like to thank all of the staff for their contributions to these successful events.
Finally, we wish our swimmers luck this weekend as they represent the school at the HAC Swimming Competition. We look forward to finding out how they got on.
Have a restful weekend.