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Year 1 visit The Bitexco Tower

01 June 2018

School trips provide valuable opportunities to take learning outside of the classroom and allow children to have first-hand, meaningful experiences. This helps them to make connections and consolidate understanding at a deeper level. Visiting a place encourages curiosity, provoking questions that may not otherwise have arisen. Year 1s trip this week was certainly exciting and memorable.

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There was much excitement as the classes entered the Skydeck lobby at the base of The Bitexco Tower. It wasn’t long before everyone was taking the 55 second elevator ride to the 49th floor. Once at the top, the children took in the incredible views of Ho Chi Minh City in all directions. They then completed a variety of activities that reflected what could be seen at each point.

One of the views was of the towering skyline, so the children worked together to make their own skyline on long pieces of paper using marker pens. The view to the South was particularly colourful, so the children used oil pastels to re-create some of the multi-coloured buildings. At the West point a ‘mish-mash’ of buildings in a variety of shapes and sizes could be seen. Charcoal was used to great effect, drawing the various shapes and sizes. The river was the main feature of the view to the East. The children captured the curved lines of the river and roads behind.

The children all showed a keen interest in what they could see, as well as the tower itself. So many wonderful questions were asked; it was a great springboard to our new topic ‘Buildings and Structures’. Once all of the activities were complete, it was time to get the bus back to school and after a few more photos and a quick descent, they were off.

A great morning was enjoyed by everyone!

Ms Jessica Miller, Class Teacher and Year 1 Leader