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Year 4 Adventurers Trip

11 January 2017

Christopher Columbus once said, “By prevailing over all obstacles and distractions, one may unfailingly arrive at his chosen goal or destination.” This was particularly relevant for the Year 4 children as their obstacles were the busy and hectic streets of Saigon, with its many distractions, and their destination was a tasty ice cream shop in the centre of the city.

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The children used their critical thinking, along with their collaboration skills, to decide which of the many routes would be the shortest, safest and easiest to reach their destination. Of course no electronic maps or devices were used so that children had chance to practice the map skills that were taught in school previously.

This week has been a fun week for all Year 4 children. The focus in IPC lessons has been on map work and learning to navigate a route.

The children were put into small groups and dropped off in different locations around the city.  They were then instructed to walk to Haagen Dazs ice cream parlour, near Diamond Plaza. Safety was very important, so the first activity involved children identifying possible dangers and considering actions they could all take to keep themselves and each other safe. Once everyone was very clear, all the teams orientated their maps and began to analyse the possible routes they could take. To make things even more difficult the teachers had told the children that they were not permitted to use some roads as these would lead straight to their delicious destination. After great team work and plenty of discussion over whether or not to turn left or right, all children made it to their destination where a delicious ice cream was waiting for them.

Thank you to all the teachers and teaching assistants that joined the trip.  The adult’s role in ensuring the children are safe and have the opportunity to learn in such a fun and exciting way is valuable.

Mike Martin, Year 4 Teacher