International School Award: Spirit Alive

After the May SATs, year 6 planned the two days of whole school sport (Sports Days) across the school. They selected 4 focus global countries which reflect a wide range of cultures and established these as four mini-topics for the annual "Spirit Alive".

The Y6 children researched the 4 countries and presented an opening ceremony and closing ceremony (cf. Olympics) reflecting key cultural elements from the target countries (in previous years children have learned about other countries through Spirit Alive)

The children planned and presented the ceremonies to cover concepts of culture and language and then all of the children in school joined one of the 4 appointed international teams.

Y6 developed all the sporting activities and created a real "Olympic" flavour in school, decorating the school with the 4 country flags, sending an Olympic torch around all classes prior to the event and developing the cultural ceremonies.

Children show some flamenco dance as part of the Spanish cultural content for the Opening Ceremony.

As well as learning some key facts about Mexico, the children enjoyed watching a Mexican hat dance.

Outcomes

All children will be immersed in the culture of 4 more world countries (over previous years we have studied many countries in Spirit Alive events - this year is an opportunity to share the cultures of 4 more global nations)

Classes will make extended research into 4 global countries.

SPIRIT ALIVE UPDATE

Year 6 announce the focus countries for Spirit Alive - Spain, Mexico, China and the UK. You may have noticed the posters around school and the teams of performers preparing for the opening and closing ceremonies!

The opening ceremony includes cultural learning and the delivery of the National Anthems of the countries Spain, Mexico, China and the UK.

A Chinese Dragon dance at the opening ceremony was prepared and shared by children from Year 6. 

The whole school shared in the cultural opening and closing ceremonies as well as taking time out to find out more about their team countries. Here children waved their team flags, for the nations who they represented.