Bourne Westfield School gains an insight into India
Cultural ambassadors in Bourne Westfield Primary Academy's years 5 and 6, along with a team of teachers, have been developing links with Sajoni School in Southern India with the help of Mr Raghavan, a Stem (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) ambassador.
This programme is developing to include the arts, recognising that academic study becomes more valuable when studied alongside the arts.
Teams of teachers and children from Sajoni and Bourne Westfield have enjoyed Skype video calls and parcels have exchanged containing items that can help our children understand and learn about each other’s schools and cultures.
Both schools recognise and value the huge benefit of learning from direct and authentic links, and were keen to develop this relationship, so inviting teachers to visit the UK was the next obvious step forward.
Children and staff are very excited to be able to welcome and host two members of the teaching team from Sajoni school who be at Bourne Westfield until May 17.
They are sharing some traditional art, music, the Tamil language and yoga, across Nursery, early years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
Kate Atkinson, head of school, said: “I can’t thank the cultural team enough for their hard work in bringing this idea to fruition.
"We are so pleased to be hosting the teachers from Sajoni and are looking forward to learning more about their education system, and culture.”
Stem Ambassador, Mr Raghavan added, “Visitors are extremely pleased and happy to see the level of engagement from the whole school at all levels.
"They have started reflecting on many good practices.
"They have observed and are very much looking forward to the rest of their stay.”