In a recent article, Andrew Fitzmaurice, the Chief Executive Officer for Nord Anglia Education, stated "I passionately believe that outdoor experiential education needs to be thought of as essential to a child’s formal education. While the pursuit of those subjects considered 'academic' in its purest sense remain critical to a well-rounded education, schools need to be more than classroom-based exam factories. They need to encourage a sense of wonderment and awe in the world, and instil in students a sense of duty to make the world a better place."
On Friday afternoon, following the theme of experiential learning, the children in Year 2 went on a bus trip as part of their IPC topic 'From A to B'. While on the bus the children carefully followed a map of the city spotting the key sights and attractions; these included the Opera House, Caravelle Hotel and the Post Office.
The children were encouraged to look carefully at these buildings and appreciate the architecture and beauty that we so often take for granted. For those children who live in District 1, the trip also provided an opportunity to be the ‘expert’. Daniel, for example, pointed out how good the pumpkin soup at the Park Hyatt is. Not only was this trip an enjoyable one, but it also enabled the children to develop their geography skills; following a map and plotting familiar landmarks.
On their return, Chao summed up everybody’s thoughts, ‘It was a great trip and we saw some amazing buildings. My favourite was the Vincom Centre!’
If you would like to read Andrew Fitzmaurice’s article, it can be found here:
Chloe Gleave, Year 2 Teacher at Tu Xuong Campus