On Wednesday 29th March, children at The Buchan School took part in a cross-curricular, multi-cultural day to celebrate a selection of cultures from around the world.
The children in Pre-Prep learnt about flags from a selection of countries which they then made and decorated. They also participated in a fun food-tasting experience sampling traditional delicacies from different parts of the globe.
The children in Prep were put into mixed-age groups and had the rare opportunity to learn alongside their siblings. During the day the children were able to hone a number of skills whilst participating in a wide variety of activities. Their physical agility was tested when they practised some playground games from around the world, led very energetically by Miss Cain. They also learnt a traditional Manx dance with Miss Ashton and Mr Duncan, for which Miss Ashton went the extra mile and attended a Manx dance class in preparation! Mrs Watson revisited her Canadian roots by sharing her experiences of the Quebec carnival and making edible 'beaver's tails' with the children. They practised using their artistic and fine motor skills during the arts and crafts activities, which included creating a vibrant Chinese dragon with Mrs Veale and Mrs Corke, making French Easter cards with Madame Callow and Miss Caroline Temps (French assistant) and making posters in the style of French impressionist painter Toulouse-Lautrec, with Mrs Ellwood. The children extended their linguistic skills with Miss Newson by making a multi-lingual 'Welcome Tree' with 'hello' in many different languages. Their musical skills were extended during Miss Mills' French musical activity where they learnt to sing a French song with accompanying musical instruments.
The kitchen provided a delicious lunch with several dishes from around the world.
At the end of the day the children were able to celebrate their achievements in a special assembly for parents.
Thank you to the teachers for leading their activities with such enthusiasm and to the pupils for embracing a different way of learning for the day.
Madame Callow, Head of French at The Buchan School