Amaali 'British Value' and 'Prejudice' workshops
Schools are only too well aware that the latest hoop the government wants them to jump through is the promotion of ‘British Values’ through spiritual, moral, social, and cultural development. The idea is certainly valuable - now more than ever, but the manner of its effective delivery is not obvious or easy.
And this is where Yesmien (Yazi) rides to the rescue!
Now also providing the sessions remotely.
Yesmien has developed her skills as a teacher and evolved a wide variety of workshops introducing Kashmiri culture to young children across the north of England.
Facilitating in primary and secondary schools, colleges, and universities - Remote learning sessions available
Her background working with Early Years in Education has helped her create hands-on fun practical workshops for pupils both in primary and secondary education, supporting staff training days and the current North Yorkshire agreed RE syllabus.
These workshops fully support the curriculum's ‘British Values’ demands. They are exciting, practical, and relevant. They meet Ofsted's requirement that pupils are helped to develop a respect and understanding of different faiths and cultures.
Workshops aim to:
Support other principal religions represented in the UK.
Understand the tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs
Tackle the subjects of prejudice and discrimination
Address difficult and controversial events in the news
Support healthy living
Yesmien workshops in primary schools are usually set up as 5 different activities, with pupils rotating through these activities. They can also be 'mixed and matched' to suit each school's needs.
Creative artwork including henna painting
Dressing up in saris, salwar kameez, hijabs etc
Drama improvisation exploring prejudice and racial issues
Theatre performance followed by discussion or follow up project
Interactive sessions linking to the current North Yorkshire agreed RE syllabus
Yesmien is happy to take whole school assemblies and explore the issues of racial prejudice.
She also offers staff training sessions looking at positive ways of dealing with cultural diversity, issues related to forced marriages, and cultural abuse.
Schools can be visited on a termly basis to work on specific projects.
Festivals can be linked to workshops.
Festivals 2020/21 (sometimes dates vary)
Diwali - 14th November 2020 (Festival of Light)
Holi - 28th March 2021
Ramadhan - starts on 13th April 2021 (Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset)
Eid Ul Fitr - 13th May 2021 (Feast of fast-breaking)
Hajj - 17th -22nd July 2021 (Muslims Pilgrimage to Makkah)
Eid Ul Adha -19th July 2021
The cost of full-day activities is from £400 with all equipment provided.
Cluster schools can work together and share travel costs.
Some of the schools visited in November 2019.
Stillington, St Barnabas in York, Cowling, Grewlthorpe, Fairburn, Fountain, Kirby Hill, Chappel Haddlesey, Barlow, and Burton Salmon. Also schools across North Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cumbria.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic workshops have been adapted taking into account the current situation.
Yesmien a published Author!!!
'The Lonely Chapatti' a story written by Yesmien is available to purchase, filled with cultural references for pupils aged 3-11.
Schools have enjoyed using the book for their guided reading sessions too.
Protecting the bride
Perfect chapatti making
Styling traditional scarf
Writing in Arabic
Niqaab Muslim dress
Time to bake
Drama and love
Creative dressing up
Prejudice on disability
Creative dressing up
Flavours of the East
Tasting Syrian food
Cooking Syrian food
Mixing chapatti dough
Staff training day
Mehndi henna hands
Simple traditional designs on pupils hands while celebrating End Festival
Showing the henna designs after the children had created their own patterns on paper first.
Dancing and dressing up
Eid card in Arabic
Experimenting the texture of the dough and using skills to create the traditional bread.
Culture and costume
Looking at World cultures through creating different dishes
Dressing with scarves
Amazing selection of Indian/Pakistani clothes to try on
Henna hands together
Children enjoy having henna patterns decorated on their hands. Looking at British Values respecting different cultures and faiths
Opportunity to dress in a selection of clothes to learn about Muslim dress in different places
Traditional block printing
Teaching British values at schools through cooking traditional bread
Watching chapatti cook
Dressing up in shirvani
Brownie session with friends dressing up and dancing to Bollywood music
Creating patterns using traditional block prints
Role playing while reading a story in Urdu and English
Working together to create Kashmiri food
Prejudice and racism
Encouraging challenging conversations with pupils about racism and prejudice before and after the drama workshop.
Eid and Mehndi
Decorating hands for Eid celebration. Supporting British values through practical and enjoyable cultural workshops
Children having the opportunity to cook traditional bread while learning about cultures
Experimenting with spices to learn about cultures
Diwali card making
Pupils observing textile patterns and creating their own by following on the designs
Urdu story telling
Role playing while reading a story in Urdu and English. Giving children opportunity to listen and appreciate different languages and cultures. Learning about morals
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