Thursday January 15, 2015
It was the morning of January 15th, Thursday when students of Grade 2A gathered at Neev, KM with much enthusiasm to learn about the history of Bengaluru. We boarded the bus at 7.30 a.m. and reached Gavipuram at 8.00 a.m. Learning began at Kempambudhi Lake at Gavipuram where the founder of Bengaluru, Kempe Gowda created a man-made lake. Our guide took us through the whole history of the city with slides and stories that made the field-trip interesting. The students also went up to one of Kempe Gowda’s watch tower situated at the top of some rocks. We then headed to Tipu Sultan’s Armoury instead of the Bangalore Fort which had new information to gather on how Tipu Sultan had armories built in many places to store his weapons for battles. The last stop was at Holy Trinity Church, the second church that the British built in Bengaluru.
A large amount of Historical Empathy was observed in students during the field-trip. The history tour around Bengaluru exposed children to diversity of ideas, people, places and time periods. The broadening experience imparted greater appreciation and understanding. Students could appreciate what life was like for people who lived in a different place and time. This trip provided students with a clearer perspective about their own place and time. Students connected well into why people depend on, adapt to, are affected by, and change the natural environment. The physical landscape and human presence was modified to form an interaction between the two. This was evident at the Kempambudhi Lake.