Pupils dine out in style as part of their lessons
NEWLY formed Barton Hill Academy has added dining out in style to its creative curriculum repertoire, with a visit to the Eastern Eye Indian restaurant in Newton Abbot.
Accompanied by teachers and support staff, 50 year five pupils from former Barton primary school enjoyed a taste of India at the restaurant, sampling a variety of Indian dishes, listening to Indian music and taking the opportunity to interview restaurant staff with a range of questions about Indian culture.
Year five teacher Tony Powell said: "As part of the new creative curriculum, we try to get pupils 'hooked' on a topic at the start of term, giving them a desire to learn more and immerse themselves in the topic, which for year five pupils this term is Mazza: India."
Headteacher Jane Young added: "Many children have not tasted Indian food, nor experienced this kind of environment, and we are extremely grateful to the Eastern Eye for hosting us."
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By the end of the topic, and through cross curricular links with other subject areas such as geography, art and religious education, the pupils will have the opportunity to cook Indian food for themselves in their very own Indian restaurant at school, decorated with Indian stylised art work.
Ms Young added: "This has been a fantastic opportunity and has generated much enthusiasm for children at the start of this learning journey.
"We are all very excited at the prospects the diversity and richness of learning, India has to offer."
The experience of fine dining and the Indian culture went down a treat.
Mr Powell said: "It was an absolutely superb experience."
Restaurant manager Torres Ali said: "It is wonderful to know that children are learning about Indian culture. I am delighted. It was a pleasure welcoming the children. It was good to see such enthusiasm. They are a credit to their school."