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Todholes Road, Cleator Moor, Cumbria, CA25 5DG

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St. Patrick's Catholic Primary School

Together we are growing in God's love


"Accept one another, then, just as Christ accepted you." — Romans 15:7

Why is learning about cultures important for our children?

Empathy and Understanding: Learning about different cultures helps our children understand how other people live and what others may be going through. It cultivates empathy by recognising that people can face challenges in their lives and this can be because of where they live in the world.  

Tolerance and Challenging Prejudice: Children are naturally accepting beings. However, their understanding of the world is shaped by both verbal teachings and the actions of those around them. Proper education promotes tolerance. 

Relationships: As the world becomes more multicultural, the ability to form relationships with people from diverse backgrounds is crucial. Learning about other cultures provides a foundation for understanding a person’s background and personality, breaking down barriers and showcasing our shared humanity.

Equipping for a Multicultural World: Teaching children about different cultures prepares them to thrive in a globalised society. It equips them with the skills needed to navigate relationships, collaborate, and appreciate diversity.

Tanzania Link 

We are always honoured to welcome some students and teachers from Rungwe, Tanzania. They visit West Cumbria as part of the Cumbria-Rungwe community link, which was established in 1987. We gave them a warm St. Patrick’s welcome and our children loved hearing about their lives back in Rungwe and watching the students sing and dance for us.  

Arts Week 2024

During Arts Week, we focussed on the cultural significance of the art we created, such as where the art originated from, why, and its impact on the countries.

African Ritual Masks: In African tribes, masks symbolise unseen, supernatural forces beneficial to communities. e.g weather etc. The wearer becomes a spiritual being when wearing the mask.

Australian Aboriginal Art: Art as a means of storytelling

Scandinavian Folk Art: Emphasis on natural motifs - flowers, birds, natural forms often referred to in Scandinavian tales, legends and fables.

Somalian Bead Mats and Necklaces: Geometric patterns linked to religion (Predominantly Muslim country)

Peruvian Textiles: Peru has the longest history of textile production in the world.

Native American Totem poles: Symbolises ancestors or narratives. 

Maori Tattoos: Difference in tattoos between men and women. Tattoos show rank and status. They can be used to show accomplishments, status, ancestry and marital status.

Chinese Ink wash Landscapes: Link to Buddhism (A primary religion in China) – traditional art linked the artists back to their landscape.

Indonesian Batik: Traditional art from as materials were readily available. Designs are full of symbolism and some designs were linked only to royalty. 

Japanese Anime: Developed as a result of western influences following WW2. 

Indian Kolam (Muggu): Rangoli Patterns and their significance to Hindu’s. Kolam – floor drawings made using coloured flour used during ceremonies and festivities. Can be done outside doors to bring prosperity. 

Peru has the longest history of textile production in the world. Here are some children weaving during our cultural arts week, and their wonderful creations!

Culture Focus

During their time at St. Patrick's, our children will learn about diverse cultures and people from culturally diverse background will feature across the curriculum. However, we also focus on three different cultures:

China, Asia - Reception and Key Stage One

Peru, South America - Lower Key Stage 2

India, Asia - Upper Key Stage 2

Children learn about the different cultures norms and values, arts, religions and beliefs, clothing, food and language.