When did a plane land at Schiphol for the first time? How many passengers travel per day via Schiphol? To how many countries can you fly from Schiphol? Children learn the answers to these questions and much more in the new ‘Look at Schiphol’ teaching package that was festively launched today. This free teaching package, which Royal Schiphol Group developed together with publisher Zwijsen, is especially intended for students in groups 6, 7 and 8 of primary school. In the digital lessons, children dive into the world of Schiphol. They learn about the ins and outs of the country’s main traffic hub. But also about important social themes such as employment, sustainability and intercultural communication. The lessons are in line with various core objectives within the learning areas of Dutch and Orientation to yourself and the world. The core objectives indicate for each subject what the students should know and be able to do at the end of primary school.

‘Look at Schiphol’ consists of four lessons: a basic lesson and three optional lessons, which can all be performed as desired or where the teacher makes a choice. In the basic lesson, the students are introduced to Schiphol by means of a film and a quiz with surprising facts. Lesson 2 is about who all work at Schiphol: from cleaner to bird controller and from the pilot to the baggage employee. In lesson 3, the students learn about how Schiphol works on sustainable energy sources, recycling and circular structures. And the last lesson is about Schiphol as a meeting place for cultures. Questions such as ‘how do you communicate with each other?’ and ‘how do you take into account the different languages, beliefs and cultures?’ are discussed herein.

Festive presentation

Wednesday 2 November the teaching package was launched and discussed in a nutshell with the students of the primary schools Opmaat from Nieuw-Vennep and the Antonius School from Kudelstaart. 88 children received a guest lesson from Schiphol employees. They also took a look at the panorama terrace and became acquainted with the various professions at the airport.

Karianne van der Weijden, environmental management consultant at Royal Schiphol Group , is happy with the package. ‘ Schiphol is a company that many children are curious about. This package gives all children the opportunity to take a unique look behind the scenes and simultaneously contributes to several learning objectives. The lesson about sustainability also offers a nice opening to allow the generation of the future to think about aviation and the relationship with the environment’.

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