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Recent sessions run by Cultural Champions.

Bread making at West Exe School

Valentina Todino and Nazima Khan gave students the opportunity to make, cook, taste and share the bread while learning about the traditions of cooking bread in different cultures. They also learnt about olives and a variety of other ingredients

  • “I’ve never tried Olives before – they’re really nice!”
  • “Can we try making some Curry to go with these next time?”

Multi-cultural week for a Learning Community

For three years now our Cultural Champions have been very busy for one special week in May providing a wide range of input for schools in one Learning Community. Eight feeder primary schools take a week to focus on global cultures and religions, culminating in a special day of performance and displays at their secondary school. Each school is visited by at least one Cultural Champion who helps to provide the focus and inspiration for the week. Here are some comments from the schools:

  • "Great to be able to ask questions about China and have them answered by somebody Chinese.."
  • "The children really enjoyed learning some words of Swahili and dressing up.. it was wonderful they had a cultural expert such as Nazima to answer their questions."
  • "Trying on the hijab was great fun..."
  • "The children enjoyed finding out about Dave's family connections, food, money and childhood. They found the discussion on skin colour fascinating..."

Primary school introduction to Sikhism

Stuart Singh spent a morning at a Devon primary school introducing Class 3 to Sikhism, culminating in an Assembly on the Sikh religion presented to the rest of the school by Class 3 themselves. The feedback speaks for itself:

"The way Stuart brought the learning down to the personal, unravelling his beard, showing how to wrap a turban, went down really well... Stuart was really accomodating in passing the assembly over to Class 3 and stepping in where necessary to elaborate on key points... The session was an excellent mix of information and interaction with the assembly a fantastic conclusion. Nothing to improve!"

Bringing A-Level study to life

Sandhya Dave, our British Indian Cultural Champion was able to bring the printed page to life recently with a session for A-level students studying EM Forster's A Passage to India. Sandhya worked with students giving them history and cultural context. One student commented, "it means so much more to me now, Sandhya helped to make it real and she was great at answering our questions".