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Primary school children go global
A FOREST primary school is going global in a project based around food and festivals.
Breamore Primary School launched its Local Food and Festivals project with help from the Woodgreen Community Shop Outreach and funding from the National Lottery.
This project, which will run throughout the year, will look at local food and festivals at home and around the world, and will involve visits to local food producers as well as cookery workshops using local New Forest produce.
The project will be filmed to use as a resource for other local schools to show imaginative ways of how local food and sustainability can be studied as part of the curriculum.
The project started this week with a celebration of Chinese New Year, where children from all classes learned about Chinese culture and language.
Children learned some Mandarin, wrote their name in Chinese characters, cooked Chinese food using local produce, made Chinese dragons, had kung fu and Tai Kwando workshops and made Chinese shadow puppets, and all classes contributed to making a large dragon.
The week ended with an assembly where children from each class took part in a dragon dance and showed what they had been learning to the rest of the school and to their parents.
The Local Food and Festivals Project will continue after half term with a look at Passover and Easter.
Headteacher Kate Lane said: “We have had an exciting week, which ended on Friday with a Chinese dragon dance and with the children sharing their learning about China.”