An experience of Africa

Grandfather at Cavalry Primary
Grandfather at Cavalry Primary

PUPILS at Cavalry Primary School in March got a real taste of Africa last week.

The grandfather of Year 1 pupil Adam Twiddy visited the school three times to speak to pupils about the continent, which was the subject of the school’s Arts week.

Dick Lawrie and his wife Vibeke lived in Ghana and Zimbabwe and travelled extensively in Namibia, picking up many exotic artefacts along the way, including tribal masks, statues, rugs and spears.

When Mr Lawrie learned of the specialist topic Cavalry pupils were learning about, he was more than happy to volunteer his time to talk to the children and show off a wide range of artefacts – leaving the spears at home.

Art co-ordinator Jackie Nosworthy said: “Mr Lawrie was really keen to let the children handle the artefacts. It was really super.”

In addition to hearing Mr Lawrie’s talk, the children were doing a variety of activities on the African theme.

They made their own African masks, had fun doing drumming and learned some African dances.