Global traditions and beliefs cover anything from Maori warriors to Chinese dragon art have been explored by children at Ramsgate Arts Primary School.
Pupils worked in mixed ages in teacher-led workshops to celebrate World Day for Cultural Diversity, initiated by UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.
The programme included:
Texan line dancing – pupils learnt in regards to the origin of line dancing and learnt to line dance while in the dance studio.
Peruvian weaving – pupils learnt about weaving in Peru by exploring footage showing the fabrics and ways in which they are really reconstructed as brightly coloured clothing. They used brightly colour wool to weave towards a frame, learning sewing skills.
Kenyan Rain shakers C children learnt where Kenya is and why rain shakers are traditionally utilised in Kenya. They made their very own rain shaker, decorating it using paint, pens and tissue paper.
Drama explored stories from the different culture and performing different scenes recommended to their group
Brazilian fighting techinques – pupils investigated the spot and traditions of Brazil, and practised basic Brazilian fighting techinques moves.
Chinese Dragon Art C children had to be able to explore the power of the dragon to be a symbol for Chinese culture. They used watercolours to create dragons and used art pencils to sketch their own Chinese dragons.
New Zealand C pupils heard about the deep traditional meaning behind the ‘Haka’ dance of Maori warriors and performed their own personal powerful form of the dance.
Deputy Head of School Hanna Beech said: “We attempt to develop our pupils’ understanding, acceptance and appreciation for all our diverse world.
“Each classroom was build to be a different country and teachers hosted activities which enabled the pupils to acquire a sensation of a country’s different traditions and beliefs.
“The pupils were built with a fascinating day exploring a variety of cultures and celebrating diversity via the arts.”
UNESCO seeks to inspire the identification, protection and preservation of cultural and natural heritage around the world thought to be of outstanding value to humanity. It is embodied within an international treaty the Convention for the Protection of the planet Cultural and Natural Heritage, adopted by UNESCO in 1972.