Year 2 have had a fantastic time celebrating their cultural heritage this week. The children took pride in presenting stories, songs, poems, games, famous people and inventions from their home countries. They particularly enjoyed the traditional Indian hand dances, Gaelic poetry, and Ukrainian folk dances among other activities. Across the classes, the children have made Chinese dancing dragons, Gers from Mongolia, Nepalese yaks and Welsh daffodils. One of the highlights of the week in Year 2 Lagoon was a Zoom call to the grandparents of Lena Phillipson, who are folk singers, and who introduced us to the costumes and steps of traditional Morris Dancing. We had a lot of fun trying out the moves. To end the week, all four Year 2 classes had a Zoom call with an expert on food waste, who showed us how we can make a difference to a global issue in our own homes by composting household waste.
The Year 3 children thoroughly enjoyed dressing up in their national dress and showing the rest of their class what is special about the clothes from their country. As well as learning about unique traditions and inventions from their teachers’ countries (Hungary and Ireland) they also had some of their parents visit their classes remotely to teach them about their own cultures and traditions. The children learned about Aboriginal dot painting, the journey of the Swedish boat, Vasa, and what life is like in the northwest of the United States of America.
During International Week Year 4 have participated several activities to help celebrate our diverse cultures and heritage. The children presented their fabulous People and Places projects, which looked at one aspect of a particular country such as landmarks or traditions. Year 4 also researched and made booklets and posters about a country of their choice. Parents visited classes via Zoom to talk about their countries. The children have been learning the Jeruasalema dance and one class learned a Spanish dance and song about kitchen utensils. It’s been an exciting week!
This week the Year 5 children have spent time celebrating the heritage and culture of their home countries. Many children have taken the time to prepare short presentations at home to share an aspect of their culture with the class and have learnt a lot from each other! This ranged from Catalan celebrations to popular Chinese candy and fun facts about Lebanon.
Antonio, in 5 Wave, made a video with his brother sharing hand gestures used to communicate in Italian words and phrases like ‘delicious’ ‘we should go’ ‘I am not interested’ ‘perfect’ ‘very good’ ‘I want a drink’ & ‘I don’t know’. Discussing body language is a lovely way to embrace diversity and the need to be sensitive to the different ways people communicate.
Year 6 have been able to learn, appreciate and explore the home countries of our community and celebrate our incredible diversity during our international days.
A whistle-stop tour of the world was enjoyed in class with presentations prepared and delivered by the students themselves. Starting in Australia, they travelled up the east coast of Asia, stopping in at Japan, South Korea and China before moving southwest down to India and up to Russia before exploring much of Europe. From there they then were taken across the Atlantic Ocean down through North America and finally stepping into Venezuela and Brazil. They learnt about traditional foods, costumes, places to visit, native animals, customs and basic languages of the countries visited. One of the most memorable events will be dancing to some K pop.
Alongside this work, the students embarked on an art task where they designed square tiles which will all be placed together to make a large collaborative art piece. Each tile is decorated with different art styles, folk patterns or work of famous artists from their home countries.