A Lesson on China by Mr Gribble
Mr Gribble recently taught a lesson on China to our students, focusing on two interesting aspects of Chinese culture. With his background of living, studying and working in China, he delivered an interactive lesson that looked at the world-famous Terracotta Army of Xi’an and the lesser known Fujian tulou (福建土楼), a kind of rural earthen dwelling, unique to the Hakka people. Students discovered that the army was commissioned to protect Emperor Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife, that these life-sized models all have unique, handcrafted facial features and that originally they were full coloured. All the colours used natural pigment, except for the purple, which was made through a chemical reaction. The Fujian tulou are huge social clusters of several hundred members of a single clan family. Their reinforcements, building materials and structure allowed for a discussion on the comparison with Western castles. Their communal structure is based on social harmony and equality and created a lively debate about how social cohesion can be promoted. For homework, students produced colourful and informative posters that looked at each of the two aspects from different perspectives, whether as a fact file, historical narrative or tourist review.
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This week we had the team from ‘Bin It!’ in School to talk to the students about the importance of responsible litter disposal, especially chewing gum.
Thank you to the team for their time. You can read more about what they do here.
Summerfest / STEAM Forest School
During the course of the summer we will be running the STEAM Forest School.
The STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) inspired forest school programme will provide the opportunity for English children to meet and learn alongside Chinese children. They will be developing the understanding and awareness of environmental issues through fun and stimulating activities.
- 15th July – 19th July
- 22nd July – 26th July
- 29th July – 2nd August
- 5th August – 9th August
- 19th August – 23rd August
- 26th August – 30th August
- £350 per week for full boarding spaces (limited spaces available)
- £125 per week for day programme