Williamsburg Northside Lower School in Brooklyn, New York, recently took second graders on a field trip to Top of the Rock Observation Deck at Rockefeller Center to complement their study of New York City’s landmarks and mapping.
Williamsburg Northside Lower School is one of the most celebrated Elementary schools in Brooklyn. The lower school campus is located at 299 North 7th Street. The Williamsburg Northside schools offer preschool and elementary education guided by the Reggio Emilia approach to learning which encourages child-centric education.
The field trip was conducted in order to help students connect their study of the boroughs of New York City, mapping and landmarks. Children used the compass and cardinal directions on the outdoor deck at Top of the Rock Observation Deck, known to offer panoramic views of the entire New York City.
The field trip facilitated the Brooklyn lower school students to make a connection between what was learned in the classroom to real life. Children were given ‘Trip Sheets’ to report their experiences in. Other than relishing the panoramic view of NYC through coin-operated binoculars, children also enjoyed other elements of the Top of the Rock Observation Deck such as the Radiance Wall and Breezeway.
The Radiance Wall is a unique wall of glass panels, mouth-blown glass, crystal clusters and fiber-optic lighting. The children were seen to be fascinated by the wall. Another aspect of the famous observation deck is a room called Breezeway. The room assigns a color to each person in the room by its own and follows every movement of the child with that color. The children enjoyed the experience. Photographs from the field trip have been uploaded to the Brooklyn lower school’s blog.
Williamsburg Northside Lower School is a kindergarten to 5th grade program aimed at harnessing children’s curiosities and motivation to engage them in effective learning. Inspired by the Reggio Emilia approach that originated in a town of the same name in Northern Italy after World War II, the school utilizes integrated project work to tap into the ideas, questions and interests of each child. The project work is based on social studies and the study of the community to help children understand their place in society. Studies of varying developmentally-appropriate topics are conducted every year.
The Brooklyn lower school has a head teacher and co-teachers as essential parts of the teaching team working for each classroom. Specialist teachers offer enrichment classes in various domains such as music, art, reading, physical education, science and language learning. These enrichment classes are conducted in a way meant to complement and enhance what’s learnt in the classroom.
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