Year 3 History Excursion

On Thursday 14th February, Year 3 went on an excursion to the Hong Kong History Museum and Kowloon Walled City as part of their Term 1 History unit. The students were so inquisitive and were eager to consolidate on their classroom learning. As we walked through ‘The Hong Kong Story’ at the museum, students were amazed at the past and present stories of Hong Kong. Students discussed how much had changed, in particularly the buildings, transport, food and clothing. The children took a special interest in prehistoric Hong Kong, which showed what the people and land was like thousands of years ago.

After the museum, we travelled to the Kowloon Walled City. This treasure of Kowloon shows the 500-year history of the township that became Kowloon City. It is clear from the stories we saw within this ‘outdoor museum’ that it was also home to many families. After lunch, the students were broken up into groups and carried out activities at the three most prominent sites of the walled city: The model and Laser Wall, The Yamen and the Photo Gallery. Students discussed timelines, photos from the past and present and had to try and identify different characters in the laser wall.

It was a fantastic day and the children were able to relate so much to the excursion and what we have been learning about in the classroom. A very special thank you to our wonderful parent volunteers who helped out on the day. It was wonderful to have so much support for the excursion!

‘At the History Museum, I really loved the clip about the opium war. It was cool!’ – Rayna 3H

‘I never knew that Kowloon Walled City was not ruled by the government.’ – Sasha 3H

‘On the excursion, we looked at what Hong Kong used to be like (then and now). When we were there we split up in groups and learnt about what has caused all the changes in Hong Kong.’ – Caitlin 3F

‘On the excursion we visited Yamen at the Kowloon Walled City. It felt like you could go back in time and it would still be there!’ – Ashley 3F

‘I learned who the first people in Hong Kong were, that all the buildings in the Kowloon Walled City were knocked down and there were only three elevators in the city!’ – Olivia 3M

‘I liked it when we went to the Kowloon Walled City. I learnt there used to be a wall of buildings. At the History Museum I learnt that Hong Kong was in the hands of the British for 99 years.’ – Dylan 3M

‘The best thing I learnt was that the city was once quite big! I also liked the laser wall.’ – Hayden 3B

‘I liked the Kowloon Walled City with the laser cut walls and all the different types of rocks at the museum.’ – Isabelle 3B