Cleadon Church of England Academy

Culture and Diversity


All about India

Class 1X have been learning all about India. They shared their topic work during their Class Worship. It was a huge success with lots of clear voices and and some wonderful Bollywood dancing.

Hastamudras Dancing

The picture below shows the children learning hastamudras, Indian classical dance using hand gestures. This dance was all about animals.

Rainbow Flag Award

We are very pleased to announce that Cleadon Academy has achieved The Rainbow Flag Award, and was deemed "outstanding" in all areas. To read more about this award please click the link opposite.

Mandarin Lessons

The children in Years 2 and 5 are taking Mandarin lessons this year. Mrs Chang works with the children once a week to teach them basic greetings, numbers, food and pets. As the children grow in confidence they will also be learning how to write in Mandarin. Mrs Chang is also teaching the children about her culture. They have recently learned about the moon festival. Click here to watch an animated clip about this event.


British Sign Language is a visual language that uses hand shapes, facial expression, gestures and body language. BSL is a complete language with a unique vocabulary, construction and grammar. In Britain there are over 70,000 people whose first or preferred language is BSL.

Mrs Williamson has been teaching BSL classes during our Enrichment afternoons. The children have learned to finger spell their names, 


Laygate Mosque

Our Year 5 children visited the local Mosque. We were shown around the different areas of the building and were told of the importance of each room. The children looked at Islamic artifacts and learned more about the culture. At the end of the visit the children were able to explore the faith further by taking part in a question and answer session.

Chinese New Year

We have been celebrating Chinese New Year in school. Our EYFS children and the members of Cleadon Owls have been enjoying some Chinese taste tests.


Some of our Key Stage 1 children are exploring their spiritual side through yoga. 

Lions of Zululand

We enjoyed a visit from the Lions of Zululand. They shared a traditional African dance with us and ran workshops with the children.