At the Willow Primary School we are proud of the diversity of our staff and pupils! Every year we celebrate heritage week which gives us all an opportunity to research and celebrate our own and others heritages.
Each year we chose one aspect of our heritage to explore and learn about and the week is as much about learning about your own heritage as learning about others.
What is Heritage ?
Defining your heritage means understanding your inherited sense of family identity. The word “heritage” brings to mind different ideas for different people and it should. Heritage is a person’s unique, inherited sense of family identity: the values, traditions, culture, and artifacts handed down by previous generations. We absorb a sense of our heritage throughout our lives as we observe and experience the things that make our family unique. Although not every inherited trait, tendency, or tradition is positive, we generally consider heritage to be the positive and meaningful elements of our family’s identity that we incorporate into our own lives and pass along to succeeding generations.
Heritage can express itself in many ways. Some families define their heritage primarily as their ethnic, cultural, or national identity. Other families can point to values that have been passed on, such as a love for education, participation in community life, a strong work ethic, or religious devotion. People may feel that an inherited aptitude, such as for music or mechanics, athletics or art is part of their heritage.
Why is it important that we teach this to children ?
Children, particularly from, minority heritage families in Britain need active support from their families and schools to ensure they have a strong and positive relationship with their cultural identity. Through understanding their children’s cultural heritage, schools and families can help children sustain a sense of continuity with their past and their place in the world. In addition, supporting a child to have a sense of pride in their heritage will help them deal with any discrimination that may take place within their lives.
Children’s sense of who they are and who they can be develops from the world around them and the people and relationships they have in their lives.
Heritage Week 2022 - What food are important to my family and why ?