Indian summer arrives early at Freckleton school

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INDIAN body paint has left more than just a physical mark on Fylde schoolchildren.

Youngsters at Freckleton Primary School went home for Easter bearing distinctive Henna tattoos after a whole term of learning about Indian culture and traditions.

And they’ve a wealth of knowledge about the country too thanks to a visit from Prags Birk from Cultural Educ-Asian.

The children spent their Spring term learning about the Asian country’s geography as well as its religions and history.

A two-day visit to the school, on School Lane, from Prags gave the children chance to adorn their hands with Henna, try out Rangoli artwork and learn Bhangra and Dandiya dancing.

Year Three pupil Abbey Hoyle said: “I really liked dancing to the music.

“I liked the skirts because they had mirrors on them with fine embroidery.”

Headteacher Rachael Ainsworth said: “It was a pleasure to welcome Prags into school as it brought the children’s learning alive in a real-life context.

“It wasn’t possible to take the children to India but Prags certainly brought the magic of India to Freckleton.”

They then showed off their best Bollywood moves, dressed in Indian finery, to friends and family in an end of term assembly complete with an Indian buffet.

Year Five pupil Caitlin Karpinski said: “The Rangoli took some teamwork to make it and looked amazing once finished.

“My henna pattern was pretty perfect.”

Emily Shaw didn’t want the fun to end at Easter.

The Year Six pupil said: “I wish I could do all the activities again.”