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ARCHIVE - A visit to Holy Rosary Catholic Voluntary Academy, Winshill, Burton on Trent

“Thank you so much for giving the children (and their teachers) a wonderful morning of exciting activities. We can't wait to have you back!"

Koren Towersey, Holy Rosary CVA Y6 Teacher and Reading Lead

What a fabulous morning spent at The Holy Rosary Catholic Voluntary Academy, based in Burton on Trent, on October 12th, 2021 supporting activity for EYFS (2-5 year old) and KS1 (5-7 year old) classes.

In all classes we used the current theme of Fairy Tales, Mystery and Magic to encourage reading…

The Reception Class focused on 'All About Me', which includes their physical make-up, as well as their senses and emotions. The values – Love Honesty & Respect - within the story fitted perfectly here and we looked at words that help describe these by introducing Lord Ted – who was a big hit as always. We used the Lord Ted Fan Club website to assist with some 'outdoor learning' by looking at the Countryside Trail and Beach Trail. We then went outside as it was a lovely sunny morning, drew pictures of the campsite, tents and outdoors generally before making a massive den for all the children and Lord Ted – the amazing Mrs. Thomas generated so much interest and excitement.

Years 1 & 2 are learning about plants and how they grow. We used the story to talk about using their imagination and how to develop the characters. Then, building on the plant theme, the children created their own tree-based magical character using the trees where Poppy and Lord Ted find the fairies for the first time. Some outstanding work in both years with imaginative drawings and sentences.

We rewarded all this excellent work and effort in each class with badges and bookmarks along with Katie in Year 1 selected by the incredible Mrs. Dyche and Eva in Year 2 selected by the marvelous Miss. Fitzpatrick being awarded a signed copy of the book for their outstanding work.

Again, the teachers amaze me with their control, creativity, and patience and the children were a credit to the school and teachers.

I look forward to returning to support any follow up work later in the year. A massive thank you to Mrs. Towersey for making all this happen.

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