Our first location was Gubei Water Town by The Great Wall. We began by completing a scavenger hunt around the town where we learned about the water town's mascot and found where scholars were born! We learned lots about the town through this fun activity where we were racing against the clock to get more answers than our competitor teams. In the afternoon, we learned how to build a raft from bamboo and barrels. It was certainly a challenge but we worked incredibly well in teams and our collaborative skills paid off: two of our four rafts were able to float and even allow Mr Scott and Ms Citeroni to test them out! On our second day at Gubei, we got crafty by learning how to make shadow puppets and lanterns. It was tricky as the lantern paper was very delicate and tore easily, especially when wet, yet we all came home with beautiful creations. We also decorated our own kites in the afternoon! Gubei Water Town definitely did not disappoint and we enjoyed all of the teamwork tasks.
Our second location was Houhai lake and the surrounding hutongs. Here we took part in a Model UN activity, acting as different city states in Ancient Greece. Linked to our topic, we had diplomatic discussions in order to discuss and resolve conflict. It was great to see the individual teams communicating really effectively as well as seeing some leadership skills from individual children too.
Our last location of the week was Yudushan mountain. Whilst the drive to get there was certainly lengthy, the views did not disappoint! We couldn't help but take photo after photo of the beautiful scenery as we approached in our coaches. Once we arrived, we became Spartan warriors! We had to prove our strength and endurance through an hour hike around the lake. Luckily, we proved we were cut out for the job and would make excellent Spartans! We then learned about the Olympic games in Ancient Greece as Yudushan will be home to the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022. We played some Olympic themed sports in our teams and honed our athletic skills.
The week was a roaring success and everyone had a wonderful time. It was brilliant to get out of the city and learn in some different environments to the classroom.
By Anita Citeroni
Assistant Head of Primary
Year 6 Eagles Teacher