#NPATEK Ghana Visit

Three lovely ladies from Moulton Secondary School came to talk to us today about their amazing trip to Ghana. They made their ‘dent in the universe’ by building new classrooms for the children at an orphanage. It was really interesting finding out about their trip: how they had to buy water in bags to make sure it was clean, shower outside, wash their clothes in a stream and eat slug lollypops! (Yes Slugs!).
They were really great with the children, as we all felt really comfortable asking lots of burning questions, as they went through all their photographs- it took Molly over 5 hours to put the PowerPoint together for us!
We came away with some new friends, as they have offered to come back in and see our projects, as well of lots of first hand information which we can use in our work- Sophie wrote 6 pages of notes!
The children carried on with their work after they left- they were keen to find out what sharing 5 in a bed would be like with some impromptu drama!

#NPATEK Enchanted Kingdom

Well what a fabulous day. The children all arrived in their explorers outfits- well done for all remembering after the break 😉
The excitement kicked off with an assembly focusing on Africa- we then wrote down all our ideas about the continent. Then sorted them into: what we think are facts and what were just guesses. These will be reviewed over the next few weeks. Deciding what areas of African life to explore was difficult, but the children came up with some fabulous ideas.
Then we had an amazing Nioko Bok West African Drums session. Lots of the children decided this was a favourite part of the day- learning and playing all the different rhythms. Keba was fabulous getting us all involved.
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Another highlight was learning some clapping songs- here is the link to some of the ones we learnt.

Unfortunately, the rendition of High Low Chicalo Mrs Hughes and Mrs Dar did is not on there 🙁

Then finally, the whole year group joined together to share a wonderful time making traditional African masks. These were created using albizia wooden masks from the Ivory Coast. We learnt all about the significance of the shape of the masks and what the different colours meant- I wonder if you can recall what they were? We all could not wait until we can take them home.
What a wonderful immersion day. I wonder what tomorrow and the rest of the week will bring…
Don’t forget to watch the realm draw: