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Cultural Days

 

To support the teaching of the Foundation subjects within the curriculum we have organised some cultural days; providing the children with an opportunity to experience life in different countries..

 

  

CANADA 

 

Today we were really fortunate as Lily and Tula's mum Kim came in to talk to us about her home country Canada. She came in to talk to us about the different animals and sports that Canada is well known for. We then took part in lots of different activities. Here are some of the activities we completed... 

Canada is famous for Maple Syrup! So today with Miss Mason we cooked Canadian pancakes with maple syrup and making. The children loved eating the pancakes and were really keen to make and eat more of them! If you wish to have a go at making these pancakes at home then click on the link below for the recipe.

Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes Recipe

Mr Bettesworth helped us to decorate and make some Totem Poles that are unique to Native Canadian families.

Mrs Lowe worked with us to create some music to play along side the Canadian Hockey song. We learnt to play the guitar, keyboard and lots of other musical instruments. We then performed it to the parents at the end of the day.

Today we took part in some New Age curling. Although curling originated in Scotland it is a very popular sport in Canada. We thoroughly enjoyed taking part in our own mini competition.  

With Miss Lewis we looked at the well-known maple leaf symbol. We used the maple leaf to create some of our own art. Here are a few examples of the things we created.

We also spent some time researching facts about Canada on the internet. To begin with Mr Irvine talked to us about e-safety. We then had to find some answers to questions about Canada.

Today the Little Stars joined in the action and had a go at making their very own Totem Pole! It's almost as tall as we are!

 

 

...We have invited guests in to speak about the focus countries, as well as participating in activities such as cooking, music, dance, language and art. We have split into mixed aged groupings and rotated the activities so that EVERYONE can experience EVERYTHING!...

 

ENGLAND

 

For our English cultural day we had an assembly where we learnt lots of new facts about our home country England! We talked about traditional food, famous landmarks and the Queen! We then moved into our mixed ability groups for our round robin of activities...

 

For our cooking activity for England Day we made scones! While the scones were cooking we had a little taste, with our choice of jam and a cup of tea! If you wish to make our tasty scones at home, please clock the recipe link below.

Scones Recipe

We spent some time using the computers to research facts about England using the internet; including finding out the tallest mountain!

In music with Mrs Lowe, we had a look at the famous English song Land of Hope and Glory. Mrs Lowe taught us to sing the song and also how to sign the words using sign language.

 

In our PE session with Mrs Muggeridge, we learnt a country dance, working in partners and following the instructions to complete the dance as a whole group.

With Miss Lewis we looked at artists that had painted the English landscape. We looked through some pictures and had a go at painting our own, using similar colours.

Mrs Bettesworth asked us to think about money and how the Queen is pictured on the coins and notes. We had to design our own notes, thinking of other famous English people that may be pictured on money.

  

 

 ...After having completed our activities, we have then invited our parents in to share the things we have learnt in an assembly. Here are some of the countries we have visited so far and some of the activities we have completed.  

 

 

SWEDEN

 

Before our cultural day, we were lucky enough to be joined by Orsa; a lovely vicar from Sweden. Orsa joined us for an assembly to talk about what life is like in Sweden , showing us pictures and messages from her grandchildren. At the beginning of our actual cultural day, we recapped on what we had learnt from Orsa, whilst colouring in a picture of the Swedish flag...

For our cooking activity for our cultural day, we made Swedish Orange Gingersnaps. These are a treat traditional baked and eaten during the festive period. The children really enjoyed combining the ingredients. All of the children loved eating these treats and have asked for the recipe to be put online. If you wish to make these Gingersnaps at home please click on the link below to access the recipe.

Gingersnap Recipe.

Today during a computer based activity, Mr Irvine had printed out some questions about Sweden for us to research. We had to use a search engine to find the information, after having talked about how to use the internet safely. We worked in mixed-age pairs.

If you think of Sweden, you may think of the well known Swedish pop group ABBA. During our music session we learnt how to play Mamma Mia on the glockenspiels and sing along.

For lunch we had some tradition Swedish Meatballs and a cinnamon bun. It was very yummy as you can tell by our faces!

During our dance activities on this cultural day, we learnt a dance to a song by that famous group again...ABBA! And because the weather was nice we learnt it outside. It was very energetic and we all wanted to perform it to the parents!

We learnt about the traditional dress of Sweden with Mrs Hudson and made our own Swedish dolls and clothes in mixed-age partners.

For our art activity with Mrs Lewis we looked at Dala Horses. Traditionally these were made out of wood and decorated. Today we made ours out of brightly coloured paper.

We ended the day with an assembly to show our parents all the wonderful activities we participated in. As the weather was lovely we took the assembly outside.