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    Learn and travel: the journey to the Forbidden City

    School News

    04 Jul, 2023

    16 : 16

    • A journey of history and art in early summer, 

      A wonderful study tour of the Forbidden City. 

      The story begins with a two-meter scroll... 


      G2 students unfolded the book "Opening the Forbidden City" and said that they had visited the Forbidden City. When the students were asked about the culture of it, their answers were not so confident. This inspired teachers to lead a study tour, and let the students feel the 600 years history of the Forbidden City. 


      Read and discover 

      At beginning the students have had a literal understanding of the culture of the Forbidden City through reading. They began to discuss in groups, and to share what they have already known about the structure of the Forbidden City. This discussion stimulated their curiosity and desire to explore the Forbidden City. 


      Dig in to find more details 

      The study tour adopts on-site explanation, and the students independently choose the check-in place in the tour route according to their own interests and research. Some students chose the Meridian Gate, and some chose the bronze lion in front of the Taihe Palace. After the task selection, the children began to prepare the script to explain their check-in spots. The students have researched relevant books and materials, and each script draft was repeatedly deliberated. 


      More of the Forbidden City! 

      Dressed in Han Chinese costumes, the children seemed to travel through time into the ancient and solemn palace. Every step was full of expectation and curiosity. At each check-in place, the students held the script to introduce the historical background, architectural style and culture of the Forbidden City to other students. Some other students sat on the ground, picked up their brushes, and tried to use artistic ways to freeze this scene. The sketching not only improves their observation skills for students, but also tests their ability to process pictures.  


      YWIES teachers not only aim to teach students to understand the content, history and culture in books. They also encourage children to explore independently and establish their own knowledge system. Teachers and students work together to explore and depict the memory of history. In this case, the children could get much more than the handwriting in the book.