As part of celebrating the culture of Japan as our topic this half term Year 3 had the privilege of visiting the amazing Kyoto Gardens. These stunning landscaped gardens are a little Japanese oasis in the middle of Holland Park! Away from all the hustle and bustle of Central London this piece of Japan is quiet and peaceful, reflecting the Buddhist mentality of peace and tranquillity.
To help the children celebrate this in the weeks before we helped the children to learn about Tanka poetry, a form of Japanese poetry in which there must only 5 lines and a set number of syllables per line. Writing about nature the children created their poems and in then had the chance to perform them to each other in the gardens themselves!
After a spot of lunch enjoying some sunshine then children were then set a task to paint a watercolour picture using the park as inspiration. Situated in front of the large Koi Carp pond with the cascading waterfall behind it the children were inspired to become little Monets and paint some beautiful and colourful masterpieces.
After all the tranquillity and peaceful no visit to the park would be complete without a quick blast around the adventure playground, letting off some steam and having some fun with our friends. “This is the best day ever!” claimed Dean from Rosemary.
I’m sure Year 3 next year will have just as brilliant time as we did!