Grade 5 and 6 Experience Shanghai
Old and new. Immense and petit. Fast and slow. The future and the past. Shanghai, China’s largest city, is a study in contrasts which QAIS grade 5 and 6 students got to experience first-hand last week as part of their PYP Exhibition unit. In addition to exploring ideas and asking questions related to technology, air pollution, animal extinction, and ocean health, students also got a chance to see many parts of this city – from the explosion of modernity that is Pu Dong to the ancient water town of Zhujiajiao, the Shanghai Museum and a creative, engaging circus show entitled Era, that painted a picture of the city’s growth from a humble fishing village to a city of 24 million.
This trip was the first time for many of the students to be away from their families and presented another opportunity for growth and learning as students navigated a busy city, looked after themselves and their belongings in an unfamiliar hotel room, ate new foods, managed their spending money and shared time, space and energy with a group of 18 students and 3 chaperones. Mr. Skinner, Ms. Hailey and Mr. Oussoren were thrilled to be part of this adventure and thoroughly enjoyed getting to know their students even better, sharing their enthusiasm and excitement, and watching them grow in confidence and maturity. A special thanks goes to the parents who supported this trip by allowing their children to participate and by helping them prepare for it