Celebrating International Week

Primary School Ilkley (6)

Children throughout the school have been celebrating International Week, with each year group selecting a country on which to focus.

To compliment their learning about Chinese New Year , children within Early Years chose to learn about China. They learnt how to write their name in Chinese, ran their own Chinese restaurant , complete with chopstick which were rather tricky to use and also discovered the animals that create the Chinese Zodiac.

Form 1 selected Kenya, learning about the ‘big’ five game, the making of coffee and the Kenyan flag. They also made traditional African masks and learnt about the climate and how it is affected  due its close proximity to the equator.

Form 2 chose New Zealand and Jamaica and particularly enjoyed studying the New Zealand Haka which they later performed in assembly to the rest of the school.

Forms 3 and 4 worked together to study five different continents as depicted within the Olympic rings. They looked at the origins of The Star Spangled Banner,  considered the effects of apartheid in Africa,  reflected on the life of a Gladiator inside the Colosseum, took a trip Down Under the home of Form 3 teacher Mrs Beeson and end the week in Asia to celebrate Chinese New Year.

After much deliberation Form 5 studied Nepal, a topic close to the heart of Form 5 teacher Mr Nicholson as he used to live there which added an extra unique dimension to the class learning. They learnt about the climate and geography in the region, studied the Himalayas and discovered life as a Nepalese farmer.

Form 6 took a tour of the United States with each member of the class selecting a different state to study.

During the week  each class also produced a video about the country or countries they had been studying. Work within class and homework during the week also supported their learning. International Week also spread to the kitchen with a range of dishes from around the world being tried by the children, including a sweet and sour chicken for Chinese New Year.

Children in our Friday morning  Stay and Play Session also enjoyed a Chinese themed session with Chinese Music, a taste of prawn crackers and made their own Chinese dragons.

Also on Friday, in a special celebratory assembly each class shared their learnings from International Week with the rest of the school, staff and parents.

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Ghyll Royd School, Pre-School and Nursery is an independent preparatory school for girls and boys aged 2 to 11 years. Established 127 years ago, Ghyll Royd School is an accredited member of the Independent Schools Association based on the outskirts of Ilkley and ideally located for families living in or commuting to the surrounding cities, towns and villages of Leeds and Bradford.