Whittlesey nursery school pupils celebrate traditional Thai festival ‘Loy Krathong’

NURSERY school pupils from Whittlesey spent a week learning about Thai culture as they took part in the traditional festival Loy Krathong.

The youngsters from Park Lane Primary and Nursery School completed a series of activities and tried Thai cuisine by sampling mango and sticky rice treats.

Loy Krathong is a festival to give thanks for the love of family, which is held at the time of the first full moon in November.

Pupils made a “krathong” - a lotus-shaped vessel - which they floated on the school pond. They were taught how to count to ten in Thai and read dual-language stories.

The school has also set up a partnership with a school in Bangkok and pupils exchanged photos of their celebrations with the children from Thailand.

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Emma Robertson, Park Lane’s foundation stage leader, said: “The Loy Krathong celebrations have been fantastic and the children have been getting stuck in to all of the activities.

“We take part in a number of cultural celebrations each year so that the children are immersed in a variety of colourful and creative themes.

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“We take advantage of these to stimulate their learning skills from an early age. Of course the children see it as an exciting chance to play.”

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