On Saturday, the 23rd of April, we arrived at the Migrant Children School. Only a few children attend these extra classes on a Saturday but those who do, do it in hopes of learning something fun and interesting, which is exactly what we planned on doing.
Upon arriving there, the 11 of us from The British School of Beijing (BSB), Shunyi introduced ourselves and then split the kids into 3 groups. As their teachers, we had come up with lesson plans during our CAS lessons, and finally settled on each group teaching one of the following: animals, biology and chemistry. Due to the difficulty of each subject, we ended up getting the youngest children to go in the animals group, and the oldest to be put into the chemistry group, and the ones in the middle were obviously put into the biology group.
Upon being split into their groups, the teachers took the children to separate classrooms and began teaching. My group, the ones teaching chemistry, decided that it would be interesting teaching the children acids and bases using litmus papers and universal indicators. The 5 children who were put in our class were given sheets of paper that contained a color spectrum ranging from red till violet in order to represent the colors the universal indicator would produce. We then placed a variety of liquids (green tea; water; hand soap; shampoo; pulpy orange juice and vinegar, to name a few) in cups, around the room and handed out litmus papers and universal indicator to the children, and asked them to test these liquids and see if it was acid or alkaline. They seemed to have a lot of fun with this, as they could be seen running around the room sniffing each cup and testing this. However, they seemed to like the color blue a lot, as they wrote blue as an answer for everything.
The biology lesson the other group did also went really well. We brought in the schools model of a human, complete with lungs, kidneys and a brain, to show them and to help them understand the organs of the body. Upon seeing it, I heard a few screams from the students, as they seemed slightly scared of the model. However, it didn’t seem like they were genuinely terrified of it, as they ended up poking the small intestines and playing with the liver. They ended up playing games where the children had to pick organs from a bag and guess what they were, and others where they had to run up to the blackboard and point at the English word for “hand” or “knee”.
The third group who taught the children animals and colors said that they had a good time teaching the kids. One of the teachers, Donguk, was adored by the children . When asked to draw animals on the board, the children always drew pictures of him as one of the animals, which they found very amusing. These younger children enjoyed playing games where the passed a ball around and said names of animals, and they always seemed to pass to ball to Donguk, who thought it was very funny.
To end the session, we played a game of Bulldog with them, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Some of them even wanted to be caught first so that they could in turn catch their friends. We had fun with it too, as it was a great way to finish our 2 hours of teaching. All in all, it was a good 2 hours, and we felt like they learned things they wouldn’t necessarily have learnt during their regular classes, which also interested them and intrigued them.
Update from: Year 12 student Siddharth Varma
Thank you to the Migrant Children's Foundation (MCF) who helped organised this trip