Date: 17 June, 2016, Friday
Anthargange is situated in the Kolar district of Karnataka in the Shathashrunga range, about 70 km from Bangalore. The mountains at an altitude of 1712 meters from sea level with rocky boulders, small caves and dense plantations are one of the best getaways for trekking and rock climbing.
As a part of our inquiry process for the Unit – Who we are, we decided to do this trek with the grade 4 s. Our purpose was to make links between how our body systems are interdependent on each other to perform a function and understand the connection between exercise, nutrition and physical well-being.. We also wanted students to reflect on strategies that we use to manage and face challenges to help us develop new strategies to cope with adversity.
We all set out with excitement on the morning of 17th June in a bus at around 6.30 a.m. Ms. Kavita and her group of mountaineers were with us to guide us and help us through the trek. When we got to the base of the Anthargange hill, there was more excitement to see monkeys on the steps of a beautiful old temple. Students though a little worried and scared, were enthusiastic to climb the hill. When we got to the first point at the top, we walked through the amazing farm land. We took short water breaks and managed to get to the summit in one and half hours. It was a great feeling for all of us to reach the summit and see the breath taking view of the Kolar district.
Mr. Kunal our expert in the fieldtrip and Ms. Vandana discussed the objectives of the fieldtrip and made connections to the concepts in the unit. It was an interesting discussion that led to an overall understanding of how the systems are interdependent on each other.
Students pulled through very well during the trek. On the way back, we rested for a while, had lunch and came down the same path. It was great to see courage, independence and empathy in our students which brought out the PSPE objectives.
Discussion (with Ms. Vandana and Mr. Kunal) when we reached the summit based on the PSPE outcomes and learning outcomes of the unit - (some discussions.. There were many more)
An achievement and satisfaction in going up to the summit. Yes we did it!