This morning Simon arrived to take us on an adventure!! Who's Simon I hear you ask? Well, Simon is our Little Magic Train, who arrives small enough to fit in my pocket - and the children have to wish him 'big' so that we can all climb aboard and begin our journey.....
Today, we journeyed to the bottom of the sea! It was fantastic fun and after we had put on our costumes and trunks and swum all the way under the sea, we saw.....
a diving dolphin, a turtle, jellyfish and ...... oh no! it's a shark!!! quickly swim away as fast as you can - don't let him snap at your toes!! Far too soon Simon was blowing his whistle and it was time to swim all the way up back to the beach.
Back onto Simon and down the train track (stop to let the cows cross!) and home.... time for each child to show the group their favourite part of the story.... was it the animals? or the train? most went for the shark!!!
And now for the grown ups - Little Magic Train consists of a toy train whistle (Simon), and as we follow the story for each adventure we move around in response to an appropriate sound of music, so the dolphin music was soft and flowing while the shark music was sharp, short notes and quite scary! It was brilliant fun, the children really enjoyed themselves and as you can see from the photographs used their whole bodies, balanced, moved in different ways, listened and responded, and used their imaginations.
After the children had changed (and they were very good at this!) back into their 'normal' clothes, we went straight to snack as everyone was feeling very hungry and tired!
Just as we sat down, a telephone call arrived to announce the inspection by Environmental Health, to judge our systems for preparing food, storage, cooking and hygiene. We are very pleased to announce that we have been awarded the highest grade - 5! Great news.
This afternoon, we recapped our adventure with Simon, talking about what else we might see next time we travel under the sea.
We followed with some creative opportunities as the children chose some card, paper and tissue and created their own pictures, talked about the different shades and colours, and explored a range of techniques for sticking, gluing and fixing.
We finished the afternoon with a trip out along Morland Road to the football field, were the children arranged their own races! Ready, steady........ GO!!!!
Is it bedtime yet?