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7 – 10 November, 2017
Ayutthaya and Bang Sai
Our adventure discovering the Chao Phraya and the Kingdom of Ayutthaya with Bromsgrove Y5 started at Piyawan Resort. Here we made our first observations of the Chao Phraya river and began to learn about watersheds.
After lunch we had a go at making bricks Ayutthaya style, using clay from the river, water and rice husk. Whilst we left our bricks to dry in the sun we went to visit Wat Chai Watanaram where we got to see real Ayutthayan bricks. We also got our first glimpse into Ayutthayan life. The boys were particularly taken with the tales of the Burmese soldiers sacking the city and produced some quality creative writing about what it would have been like on that day. We even had a story from the point of view of the dog at the market.
After a jam packed day everyone was happy to arrive at the hotel where we had a delicious dinner before completing a group work activity about Ayutthaya history, then finally going to bed.
Day 2 was a day filled with exploring. First of all we went to Fort Phom where we made more river observations and thought about how it might have changed since Ayutthaya times, then at the Japanese Village where would learnt about trade in Ayutthaya and finally ending up at the incredibly impressive ruins of Wat Phra Sri Sanphet.
Though out the day, as well as learning lots about life in Ayutthaya we also played a variety of games to develop our team work skill. The day culminated with some very funny role plays about what it would have been like to be a traveler arriving in Ayutthaya.
We started the day by developing our bird watching skills at the Aviary Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Museum before watching how different traditional crafts are made. Year 5 were particularly excited when they found out they could buy some of the crafts and we left with quite a few different trinkets.
The afternoon saw us back at Piyawan where we got to see how well our bricks had turned out and were kept busy with activity games about the Chao Phraya. The evening ended with us eating a yummy meal of rice, chicken and veg cooked by the students themselves!
We rounded of our with some bug hunting, a sensory walk and a campfire. The campfire was a roaring success with silly songs, games and an epic dance battle won by the girls. And of course we had toasted marshmallows as no adventure is truly complete without toasted marshmallows. Thank you Y5 for a great trip.