The British Sari Story

Education Pack

KS1: ages 5-7KS2: ages 7-11PDF

This education pack was developed and trialled at Barham Primary School in Wembley, and celebrates that wonderful South Asian garment, the sari.

The pack was produced to accompany an exhibition of both traditional and new saris, images of which can be viewed on the Bridging Arts website. The pack is aimed at teachers of all primary-aged school children. It aims to help teachers to work with children to explore and understand something of the cultural heritage which may be theirs, or that of their neighbours, in Britain’s multicultural cities. It supports them in exploring their own stories, triggering discussion and story-telling, and enabling children to learn more about themselves and others.

There is interesting historical and cultural background information about saris, with an emphasis on women, seeing as it is women who wear saris. There is also advice on collecting oral histories, and a suggested Art lesson plan where children can explore and create their own patterns based on the sari story. There are also links into History, Geography, Citizenship, English, Maths, Science, and Design & Technology.

 

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