Wow! What an incredible week we’ve had here at Shamblehurst! Our One World Week has been a real success; the children have learned so much about their countries and have enjoyed visits from some awe-inspiring people!
Starting on Monday, Year R and Year 1 took part in an African drumming session (to enhance their learning about South Africa) where they learned about rhythmic patterns, tempo and dynamic possibilities of African drums. They particularly enjoyed making as much noise as possible.
On Tuesday, a trained dancer came to work with Years 2 and 3. In the morning, she taught Year 2 all about the Brazilian Carnival culture (to support Year 2 in learning about Brazil) and the children learned traditional Carnival dances. The afternoon session was dedicated to Year 3, who were learning about India. They learned traditional Bollywood dances, which they compared with Year 2’s Carnival dancing when, at the end of the day, the children all came together to watch each others’ performances.
Thoughout the week, Sian Heath visited school to teach the children about Chinese culture. She led a traditional Chinese tea ceremony to allow the children in Years 1, 2, 3 and 4 to immerse themselves in the culture and celebrated Chinese New Year with the Year R children, complete with a Dragon Dance!
To complete the week with a bang, our final visitor, Chris Lubbe, came to work with Year 5 and 6 children. Chris Lubbe was one of Nelson Mandela’s bodyguards. He told us all about his fight for justice for non-white people during the Apartheid in South Africa, a struggle which began long before he met Nelson Mandela. He relayed how he came to meet the magnificent Mandela and how he managed to forgive those who treated him so badly for so many years. It was a truly inspirational day!
I am sure your children have all come home with lots to tell you about this week! We hope these memories will stay with them forever!