At Shane English School, Hastings we believe that learning can take place in a variety of ways. Sitting in a classroom is great for more formal learning. Leaving the classroom and communicating with a wide range of people is as invaluable a lesson as completing a grammar exercise.
Yesterday our students had a whole new experience of learning, I have written a few words their lesson.
Monday morning, the students filed slowly into the school. They were thinking that this would be like any other Monday but…
The students didn’t go into the classroom to sit behind desks to learn, they went out into Hastings to follow and work out clues and then sent back ‘selfies’ at each of the destinations.
The students were firstly split into several groups. Each group had students from different countries and also with different levels of English, which meant that they all had to speak English.
Each group left, the school, at two-minute intervals, with their first clue. Although all the groups had the same clues they were given in a different order, so there could be no cheating!
Some of the clues were very easy, for example; ‘I am made of wood and metal. I was burned down in 2010’ this, of course, is the pier. The pier is a central part of Hastings history there have been many famous bands who have played here such as The Rolling Stones and The Who. Soon Boyzone will be playing I believe the tickets sold out in a few short hours.
One of the clues was ‘Fishermen use me to dry my nets in’ these are the tall black net huts, which can be found on the beach in the Old Town. Hastings is the only place in the world to have used and still use these type of net huts. The reason for so many is Hastings was a fishing town and it still has the largest fleet of boats mooring on the beach. If you want to go down to the beach at about 5 in the morning you are able to buy the most amazing fresh fish, caught directly from the sea that morning!