On December 18th, the PYP department Grade 3 classes went to the Capital Museum of Beijing for a visit. The purpose of this journey was helping children to understand the place and time that where we are now and what period this is. The main idea is about exploring the connections between past civilizations and the modern society in Beijing. The students visited exhibitions which are about Beijing History and Culture Exhibition, Porcelain Exhibition, Beijing Folklore Exhibition and Daliao Wujing Exhibition Area.
Ancient Beijing, a magnificent city, was displayed dating back from the Xia Dynasty to Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties. These changes in dynasties were vividly displayed in pieces of bronze ware(tripods, vessel, Gui, knives, draggers, swords, halberds) and ceramic clay sculptures (bottles, plates, cups,pots, cans).
Porcelain is the symbol of Chinese civilization. Ding, Ru, Ge, Guan and Jun wares are very famous in the world. Blue and white porcelain penholders, grape cups and Jingdezhen kiln factory attracted the attention of the children, whom stood in the front of these cultural relics to think and took notes.
The New Year begins with the firework. People celebrate the 70thbirthday longevity with good fortune wishes. Studentscould see lanterns, screens, birthday clothes and learn the customs of celebrating Chinese New Year and birthday. They guessed lantern riddles and idioms, which also gave them a different experience. The students thought about the old Beijing people’s lifestyle and imaged the unique old events of the capital.
The Society is developing, while civilization is progressing.The form, function, and value of cultural relics are correspondingly changing. Through this journey, the children found interesting cultural relics which are from different views such as art, architecture, economy, politics and life etc. The children recorded the time of the historical relics. And, they thought about how these historical relics to be used in ancient time. And, how these historical relics were developed and recreated in different period. The children had some good ideas. “The rickshaw presents the taxi in ancient time. The short sword can be worn in ancient times which symbolized the social status of people. It can also be used for war. The coin is associated with the current banknotes.” Through this activity, the students not only discovered some connections between the past and the modern society, but also they learnt more knowledge about civilization in Beijing.