A field trip to explore our very own Namma Bengaluru provided students of grade 2 Ekya School ITPL a learning experience outside the school. The aim of the field trip was to explore and observe the tourist attractions of Bengaluru and connect to their social studies unit ‘past in the present’.
An outside view of Vidhana Soudha was enough to kick off the curiosity among the children and prepare them for the rest of the tour and invoke their thoughts and what to expect. Next place of visit was ‘Bangalore Palace’ a great architectural beauty standing tall since 1878 which the built by 23rd Maharaja of Mysore, Jayachamaraja Wadiyar. The tour gave a perfect insight into the royal opulence with its magnificent sculptures, wooden carvings, paintings, and artifacts.
Next, it was their time to let loose amidst the beauty of one of Bangalore’s oldest landmarks ‘The Cubbon Park’. It created awe for the enormity of the area with its rich flora, fauna and aesthetically beautiful buildings like High court and Central library. It also gave them an opportunity to explore the park furthermore, play and to have refreshments. The highlight of the Cubbon Park was ‘ The Band Stand’ which they learned about in the classroom.
The visit to the visweswaraiah museum was even more enthralling! The students witnessed the evolution and working of engines, creation of electricity. There were a lot of fun activities related to science where the students could touch and experience the working of simple machines and understand many natural phenomena, explained in the simplest possible way. Altogether this field trip was indeed a culturally and scientifically enriched experience and a pragmatic approach to the topic of study in increasing their knowledge and understanding “Past in the present”!
By Manu Kakkar and Rekha Bose,
Educators at Ekya School ITPL