Falinge Park High School
Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential
Bangladesh Blog Day 4
Today we went as a group to see the wonders of Manchester. We started off by driving passed the Etihad Stadium home of Manchester City FC and explained that the site was once a steel works and that the club also are working with some of our FPHS pupils. Both Imran & Hussain were interested with our links to the wider community. We continued onto our first stop Manchester University to be greeted by Andy Howes who runs the PGCE programme that helps to train teachers. We were treated to a tour of the campus and an excellent explanation of what we had seen. The pupils and our visitors were extremely interested in all that was said. We were invited into the Whitworth Room where graduations are held, the pupils explored the room and we acted out a graduation ceremony. Following this we viewed an erratic stone which had been left from the last ice age. The year 8 girls were telling Andy why it was left here as they had studied this during their Geography lessons this year. We went passed the building which Alan Turing had built his first computer at the university and the pupils were shocked at it taking up a whole room. We were finally guided to the Manchester Museum where we met ‘Danny the Dinosaur’ the T-Rex which is in the building. The children were asking staff lots of questions and also took part in a small demonstration of how Geodes are created. The Museum staff were impressed at the pupils geographical & scientific knowledge and commented on how interested they were and what a delight it had been to meet such an enthusiastic group.
We travelled across the city where we went to visit the other famous football team; Manchester United. We visited the museum and had a tour of the ground. We were allowed to try on some famous footballers shirts and boots that the education department had arranged. Mrs Wystawnoha was so excited to wear David Beckham’s shirt and boots, she didn’t want to take them off ! The pupils also took the opportunity to try on their favourite players kit. One of our visitors, Imran tried on Messi’s shirt and was very impressed – and we have to say it did suit him. Next on the tour was a chance to sit in the stadium and see how he pitch was treated. Mr Ahmed was extremely interested as the groundsmen were treating the pitch with a wild garlic solution as a natural pesticide and as he is a keen gardener it was a tip he is planning to use in his own garden again soon. The excitement of sitting in the dressing room and being allowed to touch the players shirts and also have pictures taken was almost too much. We then got to experience what the players feel before running out onto the pitch and how loud the crowd could be. The final part of the tour allowed us to sit in the ‘dugout’ and to see what it feels like to be the manager on match day, we though the seats would be more comfortable but then how much of the match is spent sitting down?
Our day was concluded with a tour around Media city where we went to visit the Lowry. We were welcomed in by Joe Moran who explained to us the vision behind his dance inspired art installation. The pupils had many questions for him regarding his inspiration for the exhibition and why he had chosen to do this here. It was great to see the children asking so many questions and being interested in the art on display. We also introduced our visitors to the works of L.S.Lowry the famous Manchester artist and explaining that this is what Manchester once looked like. We finished the day in Pizza Express where we all enjoyed the food and a drink at the end of another busy day. It was great to see the children reminiscing on what they had enjoyed and sharing this with us.