On Wednesday, P5 students had the opportunity to develop their understanding of the key concept of connection. It was a special class, as our P5 teachers took a step back and let Miss Shanshan take over the classroom. Miss Shanshan is a specialist in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture, and it is from this perspective that she taught her class.
Today is Dragonboat festival, hence it was the perfect time for students to learn and connect with this local cultural tradition. We started off with the recounting of the story of Qu Yuan and his unfortunate demise.
After the storytelling, Miss Shanshan instructed us on the different traditional practices of the Dragonboat festival, such as eating Zong Zi, Dragonboat racing and the making of scented sachets. We were told about the benefits of these scented sachets and how they were used in ancient times to keep bugs and insects away. After a short introduction of the properties of the five different spices used in the sachets, it was time to actively engage with our learning content. We had set up three stations around the classroom. Students smelled, spilled, and mixed things up while filling up their personal sashays and bombarding Miss Shanshan with questions.
Our students had an amazing learning experience where they could get their hands dirty and broaden their minds. On behalf of all P5 students, thank you Miss Shanshan!
Author: Alexander Boel (P5B Homeroom Teacher)