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Celebration of world cultures at school where pupils speak 22 different first languages

Oak Green School in Aylesbury hold a specialist week 'One World, Many Cultures' - pictured are Laura Kasparaviciute, Manasvi Gaikwad, Youseff El Kjiri Sakhi and Cameron Kennett who part of the year 5 group looking at Chinese culture

Oak Green School in Aylesbury hold a specialist week 'One World, Many Cultures' - pictured are Laura Kasparaviciute, Manasvi Gaikwad, Youseff El Kjiri Sakhi and Cameron Kennett who part of the year 5 group looking at Chinese culture

The 450 pupils at Oak Green School in Southcourt, Aylesbury, learnt about countries in almost every continent during a special week entitled One World, Many Cultures.

Inclusion manager Beverley Reader, who is employed by the school to ensure all children have the opportunity to reach their full potential, said: “We have a specialist week each term and this one focused on One World, Many Cultures.

“This was inspired by the fact we have many different cultures in the school. English is used as an additional language by many of our pupils.

“We have 22 different first languages including Urdu, Pashto, Punjabi, Polish, Spanish, Arabic, Tagalog from the Philippines and Portuguese.

“The school is in a very multi cultural environment where we are in Southcourt.

“There is a huge diversity but we are one school.

“We wanted to celebrate our differences, but also our similarities as well.”

Pupils learnt songs and dances which were performed in a final assembly for parents, where food from around the world was also shared.

Among the learning props on display were Chinese fans, gypsy caravans and Native American totems.

Mrs Reader said: “Children do see differences but they are taught to value and respect them.

“It is important to learn about one another’s beliefs and values, and to try and understand them, and then they don’t frighten you.”

Mrs Reader said the specialist week was a great success and the children had loads of fun.

“I was overwhelmed by the response from everyone.

“It was a big celebration.”

 

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