Reliving the historical battle of Bạch Đằng through the visit to Vietnam National Museum of History
Vinschool Times City T35 Primary School has recently organized a field trip to the Vietnam National Museum of History (VNMH) for its fourth-graders. This extracurricular activity aimed to facilitate the learning of national history through hands-on experience.
Experiential learning is an educational approach adopted by many subjects at Vinschool. In this particular field trip where the approach was applied, not only did students learn about Vietnam history and the historical battle of Bạch Đằng through the narratives of museum docents, but they also had a chance to appreciate authentic models, diagrams, and artifacts with their own eyes. Experiential learning has been proven to help students memorize facts better, improve their critical thinking skills, and develop a strong interest in learning.
This field trip is an interdisciplinary effort incorporating four different subjects: History, Geography, Vietnamese Studies, and Vietnamese Language. With the theme “Vietnamese Historical Figures”, Vinsers learned about historical battles led by the Trưng sisters, Ngô Quyền, Lê Hoàn, Trần Hưng Đạo, Đinh Bộ Lĩnh, Lý Thái Tổ, and so on. They also listened to lively stories and poems recounting historical contexts of the battles and revealing the exceptional generalship of the commanders. The most exciting moments of the trip came when Vinsers competed with each other in different challenges surrounding the Bạch Đằng historical battle, such as mimicking the installation of the powerful ironwood poles, assembling pieces into a complete picture depicting the encounter, and delivering presentations on the historic victory.
With their prior knowledge and under the wholehearted guidance of the narrators, Vinsers were excited to deliver their presentations on the historical battle of Bạch Đằng. Their lively reproductions strongly impressed Ms. Thu Hà, representative of the Vietnam National Museum of History. She held a high appreciation for Vinsers’ self-confidence and presentation skills.
Việt Dũng from Class 4A4 shared his thoughts as the field trip ended: “This wonderful learning space gave me deeper insights into Vietnamese history. What impressed me most was the Ngoc Lu bronze drum”.
“I was so excited to see the magic crossbow with my own eyes. This visit to the museum has broadened my knowledge of the history of Vietnam since its inception”, shared Phúc Nam from Class 4A5.
This experiential learning activity not only allowed Vinsers to demonstrate their global citizenship but also evoked a strong sense of national pride among them. In this way, their love for the country will grow deeper, and the fine values and cultural identity of Vietnam will follow them to other parts of the world.