Crosfields School recently celebrated cultural diversity with its bi-annual International Week, where the Languages and Music departments provided girls and boys throughout the school with an amazing array of experiences.
The week started with an extended Collect (assembly) led by Mme Baldwin and some Year 7 pupils who shared their heritage with the rest of the school, as well as discussing the plethora of languages that they can speak as a year group. You may be surprised to know that more than two thirds of pupils are competent, if not fluent, in another language! Other Collects throughout the week had international themes that included local judo teacher Mr. Small coming in to discuss Japan, its history and schooling, and of course, judo!
Children from across the school participated in wonderful International Music and Dance Showcases for pupils and parents. Orchestra, Strings from all ages, 2 Cellos, Jazz Group, Flute Group, Chamber Choir and other small ensembles took us on a global musical journey that included Italian, Russian, Norwegian and Chinese music to name but a few. There were also stunning performances from dance groups to give us a flavour of the culture of these different countries, too.
Throughout the week, Years 6, 7 and 8 pupils taught their languages to their peers and younger pupils and we could begin to see some wonderfully confident teachers in the making! It was just delightful seeing the engagement and enthusiasm on both sides.
In addition, some parents came in to teach whole year groups, which included Polish, Korean and Gujurati. Another parent displayed a wonderful French juggling show on a unicycle, along with some French language workshops. Some teachers at Crosfields have international backgrounds, too, and shared their heritage and languages with groups of pupils. Mrs. Gupta invited her son (a former Crosfields pupil), her nephew and his friend to demonstrate Bhanghra dancing to Reception and Year 1, and on Thursday, Mrs. Chatterjee, who is the parent of another former Crosfields pupil, demonstrated the Indian classical dance of Bharatanatyam to children in Nursery up to Year 2.
An 'Escape Room' for Years 7 and 8 was set up to transport the children to France and provided 40 minutes of 100% French speaking. Once they entered the tent the pupils were in France but stuck at the border; the only way back to England was working out clues and cracking codes to be able to open the safe to get their passport back!
Children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 8 were fortunate to enjoy an interactive experience of African percussion and drumming, pictured below. Andy Warn from the Crotchet Factory produced four entertaining and informative workshops in his own enthusiastic and engaging style. At the heart of the hour’s music was the importance of learning rhythmic patterns that could then be transferred to the instruments. Each pupil had the opportunity to play a variety of drums, shaker percussion, xylophones and bells. This produced a vibrant and colourful ensemble with authentic sounding music.
The week concluded with a special visitor who spoke in French and acted out the story of Les Mousquetaires (The Musketeers, pictured) to Years 5 and 6, as well as telling the story of the Three Little Pigs in French to Years 3 and 4.