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19/11/13
Students share IMYC learning on new IMYC Members’ Lounge
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13/11/13
Visiting an apple orchard engages students in the IMYC Traditions unit
Visiting an apple orchard engages students in the IMYC Traditions unit

International School Eerde, Netherlands

News

13 November 2013

Visiting an apple orchard engages students in the IMYC Traditions unit

The year 8 students at International School Eerde in the Netherlands, were introduced to the International Middle Years Curriculum big idea that ‘Beliefs and customs from the past have a powerful effect on our lives today’ (the IMYC Traditions unit) by visiting a local apple orchard.

Geography teacher and IMYC coordinator, Ydo Jousma says: “We connected to the local area where preparing fruit for winter is a tradition conducted in Autumn. It dates back from the era where we could not fly food in. People simply had to prepare themselves for wintertime. So an old necessity has gradually transferred into a tradition. On top of that, we decided to make it [the orchard visit] an annual tradition for International School Eerde.”

Ydo says the big idea “Is helping for sure. It is, in all lessons, the key focus.” He explains how the unit is progressing: “We use the big idea as foundation for the learning goals. For instance, for knowledge harvest, they (the students) created a poster essay invitation to convince people to attend their national traditions. They reflected on the history of the tradition and how the tradition has been adjusted to modern life. They needed to reflect upon the power which an old tradition still has on their (family) lives today.”

The students, aged 11 and 12, cooperated on the following written work during tutor period after their visit to the orchard. Their skills learned in their language art lessons contributed greatly to the level of performance.

The wind blew and almost ripped me from my branch. The trees were bending and the rest of the apples had ripened perfectly. A group of people arrived through the archway into the orchard of the castle Eerde. They were discussing the tradition in Friesland of making apple juice and we all got very excited. We were finally going to be picked. They were laughing and enjoying every second. They went from tree to tree with their ladders, until they finally reached mine. Everybody had their own strategy of picking the apples. Some of the beings used ladders and others used teamwork to find their apples. They seemed to learn new strategies and developed in groups while they picked the apples. The experience was intense and I felt that soon, my life would come to an end and for a few seconds, I closed my eyes to the world and I thought, “How would it feel to be apple juice?” I laughed mentally. I turned my best side to the people picking the apples. I felt a hand embrace me and I was plucked from my perch. My life source had been cut off, but I did not feel as though I was dying. I was put into boxes with all the other apples and taken into a car. 

The ride was a rough. My friends and me were rolling and tumbling all over one another. Finally we arrived at a place were I would receive my new identity. I would still be me! We all joyfully entered the machine. I was shredded into minuscule pieces. The juice was separated from the rest of my body cells. I mixed with my friends and we ended up into a kettle. We were all heated up to 8o degrees Celsius. All the germs are killed this way. I must admit it was hot and I felt much better when we cooled off. We then were put in plastic containers and we were sealed off from the outside world. This way we can last longer. After that it was back into the car and we were driven back to the place were we started. 

It felt fun to be liquid, surrounded and mixing with other apples. Now I had been like this for a while. All of a sudden I felt that my box was picked up, and we were moving and shaking but I didn’t feel scared because I knew nothing bad was going to happen. Then I heard something familiar, I heard the same happy voices I had heard a week ago. I knew I was back at Eerde. Then I could see daylight and some hands. All of a sudden some of us got sucked out of our container into a transparent object. I could see all the same faces I saw the day we were picked from the tree, but there were two new faces as well. More of us were sucked into more transparent objects. There was very little of us left in our container and it didn’t take long before it was empty and all of us were calmly moving in the bottles.

The very last part of me in the container was put into a white cup, it didn’t take long before a mouth came towards me and I was swallowed. The last thing I heard was a loud “mmm…” from the mouth. So I guess I was delicious!