Friday, 29 May 2015

Twirly leaves and wonky trees

There's nothing quite like going off on a tangent!

It happens frequently in the Reception Class at Sunnyside School. Whilst the little Sunnyside learners enjoy participating in an exciting array of activities linked to the their various themes and topics, there is always room for going off on a tangent.

The tangent is almost always inspired either by little learner ideas, interests and fascinations, a comment they've made, or indeed (as in today's case).......the weather!

Whilst it was gloriously sunny in Whippy Cove today, it was also extremely windy. 

As the little learners prepared for lunch by way of their usual toileting and hand washing routine, a certain little learner poked his head over the toilet cubicle and announced to the patient (yet somewhat fidgety) waiting line, "Mum says when the trees wobble, that's when you can make kites!" Following this proclamation, everyone in the toilet line seemed to forget they needed the toilet and headed straight for the creative table hoping to rustle up some home-made kites before the dinner ladies were due to take them all to lunch! 

When it became obvious that it wasn't possible to make a kite in thirty seconds, The Team promised the little learners that if the trees were still wobbling after lunch they could make and create as many kites as they liked.

By the time the afternoon session began, the once wobbly trees were now almost bending double as they see-sawed back and forth in the strengthening wind. So the race was on to build a kite and start flying it before the weather had the chance to change.  Amongst the reels of sellotape, the sticks of glue, the bits of paper and yards of string, a variety of home-made kites began to emerge ready for testing!

As it turned out, it wasn't only the kites that were being tested this afternoon, it was also the little learners' resolve. Within seconds of launching their prized possessions into the air, they were instantly robbed of them, as sudden gusts of wind indiscriminately snatched kites from little fingers, sending them off into the stratosphere never to be seen again. (The kites that is, not the fingers.)

Undeterred by this unfortunate occurrence, the little learners were cobbling together their mark two versions before any tears of sorrow could be shed. However, no sooner had they stepped outside to set their kites free for a second time, they were back in yet again clutching the only piece of evidence to suggest there ever was a kite in the first place......their piece of string.

And so it went on all afternoon: make kite, launch kite, loose kite, make kite again, until every scrap of sellotape had been ripped from it's reel, and the clock in the classroom had struck three.

As Miss Kind and Mrs Crayon bade farewell to the last little learner at the end of the day, they were informed by his Mummy that it was due to be very windy for the rest of the week.

Best top up with more sellotape and string ladies!


When trees are wobbling left and right,
Its time to fly your home-made kite,
But don't forget to hold on tight, 
To your piece of string!

When leaves are swirling everywhere,
And wind makes tangles in your hair,
You won't mind you only care,
About your piece of string!

When wind is gusting all around,
And you can here a woooing sound,
Don't be sad when you have found,
You're left with just your string!

So stick things down with all your might,
Before you fly your home-made kite.
Then everything will be all right,
With your piece of string!

"Seems it's too wobbly for kites today!"

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Jungle Nymphs and power drills

Question. What has two ears, four legs, whiskers and a wagging tail?

The answer to this question will be revealed a little later.

The little learners of Sunnyside School (that's the little school that sits proudly in the heart of the seaside town of Whippy Cove, which in turn is situated on the South Eastern shore in the Isle of Wight) are currently enjoying their topic on animals. 

Already this week the little Sunnysiders have met and learned all about a Tenrec, a Bearded Dragon, a Jungle Nymph and a Tawny Owl when they welcomed an animal keeper from Whippy Cove Zoo into the classroom. In addition they also met Bracken, a nine year old Springer Spaniel brought into school by her owner, a veterinary nurse from Whippy Cove's very own Veterinary Surgery. Bracken's sweet and extremely laid-back nature allowed the little learners some quality time to get to know her. As they combed her glossy liver and white coat, they wrapped bandages around her paws and listened to her heartbeat using a real stethoscope. They also learned about the role of a veterinary nurse, as well as all that's involved in owning and caring for a pet. 

Consequently since encountering these animals, the little Reception learners have been keen to share information about their own pets. Once such little learner approached Miss Very Jolly this afternoon and blurted out that her cat Rosie had had her kittens in her mummy's bed. "Oh how exciting!" shrilled Mrs Very Jolly at a pitch audible to only small dogs and bats. "How many kittens did Rosie have?" 
"Five!" stated the little learner thrusting five fingers in Mrs Very Jolly's face. "But they're a bit bitey and scratchy!" 
Mrs Very Jolly sympathised with the little learner then asked her what she was planning to do with her five kittens. "I'm gonna train 'em!" exclaimed the little learner with utter conviction. "You really can train kittens you know!" she went on reassuringly. 

Stealthy reaching for a post-it note and pen (for she felt sure a little learner gem was imminent,) Mrs Very Jolly asked the next obvious question which was of course, "What are you going to train your kittens to do?" As quick as a wink, the deadly serious little learner replied, "Well first I'm gonna train 'em to do art and to bake, and then......I'm gonna train 'em to fly!" 

Needless to say, a giggling Mrs Very Jolly couldn't wait to pass her post-it note to her colleague Mrs Crayon, for she knew the words scribed across it would be all the information Mrs Crayon would need to inspire her next doodle and rhyme.

Oh! And finally, in answer to the question, what has two ears, four legs, whiskers and a wagging tail?.......Well, it's a whale, surprisingly and the suggestion offered by one particular little learner when he took part in a 'guess the animal' quiz this afternoon.

Whilst a whale with four legs, two ears, whiskers and a wagging tail has all the required elements for a delightful doodle, Mrs Crayon has nevertheless opted to go with the kittens on this occasion!

Training Kittens

If you're smitten with your kitten,
But you're getting scratched and bitten,
And your furnishings are hanging by a thread,
Make your kittens well behaved, 
Then your curtains will be saved,
Yes, training kittens is the only way ahead.

It may take a little while,
But kittens can be versatile,
If you train them to one inch of their nine lives,
You can teach them how to sew,
Paint a landscape and make dough,
Use a power drill and sharpen all your knives.

Show them how to ride a scooter,
Teach them skills on the computer,
Do the ironing, mow the lawn and even fly,
Show them how to trampoline, 
How to scrub your dishes clean,
Play the flute and hang the laundry out to dry.

They can handle all the plumbing,
Ice a cake when someone's coming,
Tile the bathroom and compose a symphony,
Teach them how to roller skate,
Fix the hinges on the gate,
Drive a bus and make the perfect cup of tea.

So should you want to be a teacher

To this little furry creature,
Keep the kitten training up the whole week through, 
Though it may seem tedious,
Your pet will be a genius,
Yes, he'll wind up far more cleverer than you!

"Come on now....there's just time for some guitar practice before your driving lesson!"