The whole school has a had a wonderful week celebrating The Commonwealth, learning all about the different countries, cultures and traditions of the 53 Commonwealth countries.
Pre-Prep have had a fantastic theme week – embracing a wide variety of exciting activities relating to countries of the Commonwealth. Some of the highlights included tasting home-cooked Indian cuisine; dressing up in traditional outfits, creating artwork, dancing, drumming and much more! Transition learnt all about the Caribbean islands and looked at the different food and customs that are celebrated in Jamaica, Bahamas and Barbados. They collaged pictures and made hats, flags and have done lots of singing and dancing! Great fun has been had by all and they and cannot wait to perform at the Transition Thanksgiving service.
Year 1 and Year 2 have been tasting Indian food, learning all about Indian traditions, making wonderful African masks and learning about the animals of Tanzania. They have really enjoyed such a fun-filled and educational week.
Year 4 have been looking at the Asian countries of the Commonwealth: India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Sri Lanka. Map work, flag investigation, retelling traditional tales, researching endangered animals, exploring food miles, producing travel brochures and art work are just some of the activities that the children have been involved in this week. All their work has gone into their Topic Enrichment books as a lasting memory of our Theme Week.
Year 6 have been enthusiastically engaging in a diverse range of activities. From exploring Aboriginal Dreamtime stories to translating articles written in pidgin English. Designing and making a board game or card games has channelled creativity, creating wonderful original works – Viper Voyage, Commonopoly and Queenstown to name a few. Intimidating war cries rose up as learning was taken outside. Forms synchronised powerful poses, stamped, slapped, eye balled and even stuck their tongues out as they mastered the mighty Maori Haka. Up in the Art Room blank canvases were transformed into bold flags using a variety of materials; sadly they couldn’t make all 53.
Here are some thoughts from the Year 6 children about their busy week!
I liked the way the subjects merged – Rebecca
I found it very interesting. I didn’t know what the Commonwealth was but now I do. It was a great experience – Arooj
I liked learning about what makes the Pacific different to the rest of the world – Aryan
I loved Commonwealth Week because of the fun activities – Wilf
I liked how the food at lunchtime was from a different country of the Commonwealth everyday – Sareena
Thank you, Mr Newman, for organising such a wonderful week! Bring on Birmingham 2022!
We finished by sharing our week with each other on the final day.
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