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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.  

 

 

THAILAND

 

For our cultural day focused on Thailand, Miss Mason presented an assembly where we learnt lots of facts about the traditions of Thailand. We talked about the different areas of the country, the King and how Thailand is known for growing lots of rice.

For our cooking activity on this cultural day, we made Pineapple Fried Rice. The children really enjoyed making a savoury dish this time! Lots of children thoroughly enjoyed eating and trying this dish. Some found it a little spicy. We liked that it was really quick and easy to make with lots of healthy ingredients. Many of the children asked for the recipe which you can find below.

Pineapple Fried Rice  

Today during a computer based activity, Mr Irvine talked to the children about particular features of Thailand, such as the national animal, the elephant. The children had to use their knowledge to design a poster encouraging people to visit the country.

During Music with Mrs Lowe we were learning about music from Thailand and increasing tempo. We used a range of instruments to try and replicate a piece of music.

During our Physical session with Mrs Muggeridge we thought about meditation and relaxation. We thought about movements that would make us calm and relaxed and enjoyed our calming environment.

Mr Bettesworth planned an activity looking at dragon art in temples. We used some different materials to complete our design. First we had to trace a dragon onto foil. Then we coloured in the design using sharpie pens.

With Miss Lewis we looked at a different art technique. Thinking about Batik - using wax and dye to create patterns, we created our own pictures using a similar process. First we had to draw our design using wax crayon, then we painted over the drawing in black paint before finally washing off the paint to reveal the design.