In Year 2, the children have been learning about the buildings and services that are important to village life. They have enjoyed their visits to the village of Ban Chark Mark, where they have been able to compare the buildings and services in the village to where they live. One of the boys in 2G, for example, was surprised that the village had laundry facilities but didn’t have a bank.
On one of our visits to Ban Chark Mark, we visited the Chinese temple and the Thai temple and we came to realise how important the temples are to the people of the village. Luckily for us, there was a monk at the Thai temple who was able to answer all of our questions. The boys were shocked that you can become a novice monk when you are only 8 years old. The girls were surprised that monks have to follow 227 rules. That’s a lot of rules to remember!
St Andrews students experience life in a Thai School classroom.
Another of our visits to Ban Chark Mark took us to the local school. There, we studied alongside the Thai children in their classes. In some ways, the school was similar to St. Andrews. The children wore a uniform and had P.E lessons outside. However, there were some differences. For example, the children worked on low tables with no chairs and the classrooms did not have air-conditioning. Several times during a lesson that 2P attended, a volleyball came flying through an open window. In Ban Chark Mark, even Literacy lessons can be dangerous!
In the final week of the half term, we welcomed a group of students from the Thai school to St. Andrews. The Year 2 children did a great job at hosting the visitors, especially our Thai-speaking children whose translations were the key to a successful visit. The children got to join in with sporting, musical and Valentine’s Day activities and the afternoon was enjoyed by everyone who took part.
The children were able to learn a lot from the visits to Ban Chark Mark and through their interaction with the children from the Thai school. They can certainly identify buildings and services that are important to village life and were able to compare and contrast the lives of the people in the village to their own lives in Thailand.
Learning the ropes in the outdoor education facility at the school.
Students research about the local temple.
The Thai students are curious about their visitors.