LEARNING: Children smile outside the Christmas decorations in Trinity Leeds shopping centre
LEARNING: Children smile outside the Christmas decorations in Trinity Leeds shopping centre.

Kids experience Christmas the ‘bright way’

With just over one month left to go until Christmas day arrives, a class of young pupils from Leeds headed to the city centre last week to learn a bit more about what the holidays mean to the British public.

Children from Bankside Primary School, along with teachers and parents, headed out to the streets for a look at the Christmas lights which were officially switched on Tuesday 13th November.

The young school representatives visited Trinity Leeds Shopping Centre and the Victoria Quarter amongst other popular sites.

Taking in all the festivities, Early Years Foundation Stage teacher, Mr Salik Miah, said it was important for children to understand British customs, traditions and festivals, even if some families do not celebrate the same holidays.

“The majority of children at our school come from a Bangladeshi background and then Pakistani so there is a lot of different cultures in the classroom,” Mr Miah said.

“We decided to take them to see the lights because a lot of them would not get the chance to see them for whatever reason, and we wanted to help build up their knowledge of British life.”

He added: “We have also held Christmas-related learning activities in classes and talked about the holidays.”

Despite being in the bottom one per cent of the most deprived areas in the country, Bankside Primary was rated ‘Good’ with ‘Outstanding’ features in 2009 and has subsequently earned a valued status as one of the top educational institutions in Harehills.

The three-form entry school currently caters for almost 700 children, from all faiths and backgrounds, with almost 100 staff members on hand to ensure every child receives the utmost attention.