On the 26th of October, our very excited Grade 5s set off on their greatly anticipated Red Bus Tour. We couldn’t have asked for better weather, with not a breath of wind present.

When we arrived at the Waterfront, we were greeted by our friendly bus drivers and tour guides. As we made our way through the City of Cape Town, our lessons from the iBooks came to life.

We experienced Table Mountain in all its might, as well as Lion’s Head, Devil’s Peak and Signal Hill. We were told old folk tales about how they all got their unique names. We then moved on to view the old buildings in the City Centre, and got to see the Company’s Garden which used to be run by the VOC.

There was great excitement as we passed all of these attractions. Our Thematic content from the first term was put into context as we experienced it first hand.

We then moved onto District Six. We heard stories about how many lives were affected by the forced removals that took place. As we drove past the District Six museum, the Fugard Theatre, and the churches and mosques which were left standing; there was a sense of outrage and disbelief at the atrocities committed during this period.

Next was a scenic drive to Hout Bay, where we stopped at the beach. The children discussed the newly learnt information over their lunch and some brave Grade 5s even attempted to splash about in the freezing cold water!

We then headed back to the Waterfront via Llandudno and Sea Point. What breath-taking views! How and when the suburbs were developed was discussed, again linking with our Early Explorers knowledge.

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This field trip was the perfect way to extend our Tourism theme in Grade 5. Not only did our children consolidate their existing knowledge, they also learnt the importance of not allowing history to repeat itself. We are all extremely grateful that we live in such a beautiful part of the world and that we had the opportunity to learn more and explore as “tourists”.

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