Multicultural Education

We endeavour to provide a rich multicultural education to enable children to become responsible members of society with an understanding of cultures and lifestyles throughout the world as well as in our own multicultural society. It is important to us that our children learn to appreciate what it means to be a positive member of a diverse multicultural society and to learn moral values and respect for other people, their property, culture and beliefs.

Our multicultural education is generally taught through our PSHE, RE, SEAL and Foundation subjects. Opportunities are taken outside the usual subject timetable to teach about specific events, e.g. Chinese New Year, Diwali. Throughout the year we spend three days devoted to learning about a particular culture through our Multi Cultural days. Children are able to take part in a range of activities including:

• using a variety of techniques and materials in art which reflect different traditions and cultures;

  • observing and participating in dance from different cultures;
  • participating in singing and music making; listening to songs and music;
  • cooking and tasting food from different parts of the world;
  • using a range of drama, stories and poetry in literacy which explore attitudes and feelings and reflect a range of cultures;
  • using ICT-based resources to research different cultures;
  • promoting co-operation in all aspects of school life, including team games, discussion activities and group work;

• listening to and questioning visitors.

In addition, our Acts of Collective Worship offer opportunities for the children to recognise and develop informed respect for other cultures, traditions and beliefs.