A PRIMARY school hosted a Bollywood-tastic event as part of the school’s multi-cultural week yesterday.

Pupils at Whalley Church of England Primary School in Church Lane have been learning about different cultures and faiths this week, including Hindu traditions and Bollywood.

The focus on Monday was British traditions, which included barn dancing and the resurrection of the maypole.

The school’s deputy head Mrs Ellel, who has helped organise the event, said: “We are dedicating a week to looking at different traditions around the world.

“We have chosen to look at Hindu faith this year and are looking at different world cultures over the course of the year.

“We started looking at traditions in this country then other places in the world.”

The organiser’s first thought of the idea in the school’s Autumn term last year.

Mrs Ellel said: “We have undertaken spirituality and value days, looking at people’s different values.

“It seemed the next logical step was to find a way to relate this to the wider community.

“We wanted pupils to look at Hindu traditions and understand them in depth.

“As part of learning about Hindu worship we are encouraging the children to dress up as Hindu gods and goddesses.”

Children have also been asked to wear ‘colours of faith’ - yellow, black, white, red, green, purple and blue.

Each colour is symbolic of a different time in the religious calendar throughout the entire year.

Mrs. Ellel added: “I know more and more schools are undertaking more multicultural events.

“For example, we are partner schools with Heasandford Primary, in Burnley, as part of a cohesion project.

“Our demographic is very different and this is why we have brought out schools together and we’ll be Skyping them to learn how their faiths may differ.”