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Falmouth primary children learn about Queen Victoria and Indian culture

By WBCraig  |  Posted: December 13, 2013


Victorian and Indian Workshops at Falmouth Primary School. Workshop Leader Daya pictured with pupils in their Indian clothing.

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CHILDREN at a Falmouth primary school have been learning about the origins of the Christmas tree and how Hindus celebrate weddings at a culture workshop day.

Year 3 pupils at Falmouth Primary Academy learnt how Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, first introduced the Christmas tree to Britain at a workshop about the monarch’s era, led by Carol Love.

Year 3 class teacher, Hannah Johnson, said the children had a “wonderful time” learning about what life was like during Queen Victoria’s reign.

“I have been amazed at how good they are at remembering so many facts and dates about her life,” she said.

“They heard about the Great Stink, where all the sewage drained into the River Thames and how Victorians had to wash their curtains in lemon juice because of the smell from the water.”

The children made Victorian-inspired Christmas cards and also visited Gllyngdune gardens as part of their topic.

Year 1, meanwhile, donned saris as they discovered Indian culture and Hindu religion with workshop leader Daya Stafford.

The children pretended going to a Hindu temple and then returned to their family homes to make chapattis.

The also tasted some traditional Indian foods, attended a mock Hindu wedding and learnt some traditional Indian dances.

“The children were amazed that they had to eat with their fingers,” said Carly Pryor, the Year 1 class teacher.

“They had a wonderful time and gained a deeper understanding and appreciation about some aspects of Indian life.

One of the pupils, Genevieve, said it was the “best day of her life.”

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