African Day Celebration
Just before we broke up for the Easter holidays. Miss Christian and Mrs Burton planned a day of arts and crafts linked to our overeas community, Ghana. The purpose was for the children to capture some of the "flavour" of the country; a special lunch was also prepared by our catering staff, which was thoroughly enjoyed by both children and adults alike.
The children worked in Buddy families, with the older pupils supporting the younger children. Activities on offer were creative music, where there was the opportunity to play the African instruments and in particular, the drums, as well as dance, cookery, clay, weaving, drama and creative writing.
Recipes used were from Ghana and Nigeria and can be found in this section of the website.
Baskets were the focus of weaving, with children experimenting with a range of different materials. In dance the children created their own dances, inspired by the movements of animals and descriptions of animals were the inspiration for poems. In drama, the children used a traditional African tale, Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, to act out and think about characters' feelings. Clay was used to create traditional style African masks.
All in all, it was a very busy,exciting and enjoyable day. If your child asks you to get plantain crisps from the market, indulge them as they are scrumptious!!