L4 culture week

This week has seen the L4 immersed in a variety of activities and lessons all based around different cultures and ancient civilisations.

Girls have tried their hands at African drumming with expert Noah Messomo from the Cameroon, taken Indian dancing lessons with Kerala born dancer Kalamandalam Vijayakumar, learned how to make sushi and dress in Japanese traditional kimono costumes and tasted the Caribbean by making fruit smoothies and banana muffins in food tech.

Chemistry lessons took on a Celtic theme. Girls traced their own zodiac sign from the Celtic tree calendar before extracting copper from malachite and even creating their own copper wire jewellery based on ancient designs.

Detective skills came to the fore in mathematics lessons as the girls were presented with five different maths related artefacts from which they had to work out who used them and for what purpose.

Zulu is a language which isn’t on offer at many establishments but the L4 enjoyed getting to grips with learning some of the language basics with resident expert Vaughn Williams.

The girls also benefitted from the experience of local artist Eileen White and created some beautiful cut paper designs based on Indian imagery and they also enjoyed a talk and workshops with archaeologist and BBC Meet the Ancestors presenter Julian Richards.

In the middle of the week the girls found time for a day out at the Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum exhibition at the British Museum in London.

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