Yesterday Craig the Storyteller came back to the Centre with an amazing story for everyone.
He told us about a baby frog who couldn’t talk. The frog soon met lots of different animals such as a cat, a cow and a dog and learned the noises they made. None of these noises felt right to the baby frog, so he went to his Mum and asked what noise frogs make. She taught him the song frogs make and from then on he sang his frog song all the time.
Thank you Craig and we hope to see you again in the Summer.
On Friday, the older children from the Centre went to The Polka Theatre in Wimbledon to see a live performance of The Snow Queen, a classic Winter Fairy Tale by Hans Christian Andersen.
The Polka is one of the few theatres in the UK dedicated exclusively to children. Based in Wimbledon since 1979, Polka creates world-class theatre to entertain and inspire young audiences.
The Snow Queen tells the story of Kai and Gerda who are best friends. Not brother and sister but as close as if they were. Together, with their friends, they re-imagined the thrilling adventure of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic winter fairy-tale. A dusty attic was transformed into the Snow Queen’s icy palace, and we followed their journey as they tried to save Kai from the icy spell of the Snow Queen’s cold kiss. Would Gerda be able to melt his heart before Kai forgot her forever?
It was a fantastic first trip for the new year and we would like to thank the Polka Theatre who funded the tickets and transport for this visit under their “Curtain Up” scheme.
Along with the rest of the School, Lark hall Centre joined in with Children in Need day and wore their pyjama’s and onesies’s to school. Below are Sami and Lewis wearing their pyjamas. The Centre raised over £40 to help Children in Need projects at home and abroad.
Last Tuesday, many of the children from the Centre went to The Lyric theatre at Hammersmith to see a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk. It was a very colourful, lavish performance with lots of audience participation and lots of songs for everyone to join is with. The favourite characters were definitely Jackie and his Mum. We would like to thank the charity Daytrippers who once again offered us tickets for the pantomime.
On Monday 20th November, Amber Class visited Tesco at Brixton as part of the Farm to Fork project. After catching the P5 bus to the store, they were met by Roz Hector who runs the project there. The trail they did round the store was looking at foods and whether they were healthy or not, particularly whether they had lots of added sugar. They soon discovered that lots of foods really have a lot of added sugar and we must be really careful how much of these we eat. They then went upstairs where Roz had provided lots of healthy fruit and vegetables for them to taste with a tzatziki dip. Thank you very much to Roz for organising this for us and we look forward to seeing her on 4th December at Lark Hall for some Christmas activities.
Last Monday Debbie and Terri from the London Fire Brigade education service visited the Centre to talk to all the children about fire safety.
They started in Coral Class where the children dressed a bear in Firefighter uniform and learnt a song about smoke alarms. They then moved on to Amber, Onyx and Coral classes where they talked about fire prevention and fire safety. The children really benefited from these talks and we hope that Debbie and Terri will come back to us on a regular basis.
This Monday Sami from Onyx Class joined with Mainstream Year 4 to listen to talk from a Grafitti artist called Dave who works for a company called Graffiti Life. We learnt that Dave set up his business after initially training as a teacher. He started with an easel and canvas in the High Street in Croydon and now has his own company producingt art for companies such as Nike, Adidas, Google, Ebay and Disney. We saw examples of his work, some of which are 3 times the size of a double decker bus!
He then showed us how he produces simple graffiti art using stencils and different coloured spray cans. At the end of the session Sami was able to try this out for himself as you can see from the photos below.