School children enjoying their special trip to learn all about Indian culture. Pictures: Tony Jones

Indian music, dance and food was the order of the day for youngsters enjoying a special school trip.

Year four pupils from Nelson Academy in Downham Market paid a visit to the town’s Downham Tandoori restaurant to sample Indian culture last week.

The children are learning all about India as part of this term’s studies.

Teacher Jessica Sykes said: “When we got there we were greeted by musicians playing Indian music. Both musicians gave a talk about the instruments they were playing and the culture of India.”

The children, aged eight to nine, learned some Indian dances and had a go at playing the Tabla drums and the Sitar.

They also got to taste some Indian food, including samosas, king prawns and mini naan breads.

“We were really lucky to have such a hands-on experience rather than just learning about it in the classroom,” said Mrs Sykes. “The children were so excited, they loved the dancing, singing and food and they’ve been talking about it since.

“A lot of them hadn’t eaten Indian food before and they were really excited to try it.”

Mrs Sykes thanked Downham Tandoori, which organised the event free of charge.