Over the past few weeks, PYP Grade 5 students have been exploring a new unit of inquiry, “Who We Are”. They have been developing their knowledge and understanding of our central idea, “People choose role models who influence the world in a positive way.” Our three lines of inquiry are: What makes a positive role model; Our choices of role models; How personal choices and actions affect society. For the past 3 weeks, students explored role models from all over the world in different fields, such as artists, writers, entrepreneurs, and stars.
On March 16, students brought their curiosity about role models to “Madame Tussauds Wax Museum”. The introduction to Madame Tussauds says: “No matter where you travel, you are sure to find your best friend at Madame Tussauds. Our wax museums around the world offer you face-to-face interactions with the most influential political leaders, musicians, actors, or sports stars in your area. You can also meet many important people who have influenced history everywhere. Students were excited to learn about role models from all over the world who have influenced the world in different ways.
The wax museum is divided into three floors and consists of seven different sections.
I. 【The Spirit of China】
Here, students come face to face with Lao She, Yang Liwei, Hou Baolin, Li Yanhong, and Mei Lanfang, who have been a huge driving force for the development of China.
The students wrote: “I want to meet Lao She, he is one of the most famous modern Chinese writers. His writing is excellent. ”
II. 【World Leaders】
The students stood side by side with the Queen, Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Angela Merkel, Karl Marx and other world leaders to experience their wisdom and grace.
“I want to meet Barack Obama, he is the 44th president of the United States and he is also the first African American president. ”
III. [Sports Stars]
Students can compete against their favorite sports stars in a field filled with great athletes! Present were the students’ favorite basketball stars Yao Ming and Kobe; football star Lionel Messi; badminton star Lin Dan and tennisstar Li Na and many more.
“I want to meet Yao Ming because he is very tall. He was also a caring person. He runs a charity.”
Students can enjoy the passion and joy of music together with the singrs they adore. They met the handsome male artists William Chan, Lu Han, Wang Leehom, and Michael Jackson, as well as several pretty female artists like Beyonce and Madonna.
“I want to meet Wang Leehom because he is the first pop singer to perform in the 90,000-seats Bird’s Nest stadium.”
V. 【TV star】
Students went into a TV studio and appeared with their favorite TV characters. Students met Liu Xiao Ling Tong, who plays a role in《Journey to the West》, and Sun Li, who plays the role in《Zhen Huan》.
“I want to meet Yang Lan, a famous TV host and ambassador for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.”
Students joined Jackie Chan, Bruce Lee, Leslie Cheung, and other famous figures in the history of cinema to experience the endless fun of the big screen!
“I want to meet Bruce Lee. He’s a movie actor. He’s a kungfu master.”
VII. 【Fashion Party】
Students joined the superstar-studded parties with A-listers and film legends George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, and Angelina Jolie and interacted with them like they never will again.
“I want to meet Lady Gaga because I love her unique outfit.”
At Madame Tussauds, students found their favorite role models from different fields from all over the world.
It is hoped that through this “encounter” with famous people, students can draw on the power of role models. In the future, they can also better themselves.