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Our guiding statements make it clear that being globally minded is very much part of Cairo English School’s mission, however it is also recognised that to have an understanding of the wider world there needs to be an appreciation of local culture and history. Becoming culturally and historically aware of one’s own country as well as the host country that we live in is also an aim of the school. This is achieved by offering a range of trips to students to gain an appreciation of the rich history and culture of Egypt
Cairo English School Year 2 students took a trip to the Pharaonic Village in Maadi. It proved to be a very inspiring start to their Topic on Ancient Egypt and Famous People in our history.
The trip started with a boat ride through time where the children saw how life in Ancient Egypt might have been. They saw how water was collected and farming was carried out. The children also saw the ancient art of papyrus making as well as how bricks and furniture were made.
The students demonstrated a detailed understanding of the various ancient Egyptian gods as they saw the replica statues. On their return to school they used their experiences as a basis for their literacy writing in the same week.
Headmaster Martyn Smith visited a few of the Year 2 classrooms and he asked children questions about what they had learnt. He says 'I was very impressed not only with their enthusiasm to learn but their depth of knowledge for example being able to define clearly what an 'archaeologist' does!' Mr. Smith added, 'Part of the CES Learning Charter is to be proud of Egyptian culture. The project certainly allowed this and children gained a real understanding of the history of their country.’
This project then culminated in an Assembly based on Ancient Egyptian history and was well received by the proud parents present.