St Mary's Centre
From Bradmoor Farm
By Lucy McNeil - 22nd May 2013 10:40am
Spellbinder Visits Haddenham
Haddenham Community Infants and Haddenham St. Mary's School were literally spellbound last Friday 17th May.
The community school marched down to the other end of the village excitedly and with great expectation of a new adventure with the other local infant school. 180 children sat together in St. Mary's School Hall mouths wide with awe, listening attentively to Mr Spellbinder's captivating stories of Jack and the Beanstalk and of dragons and soldiers.
Mr Spellbinder, a retired teacher, uses a range of strategies to tell children stories. He dresses in costume, uses lots of visual characters as well as the usual voices and expression (we all do at bed time story sessions with our own children).
In addition, and this is what makes it so special is he breaks the story with song and dance, so the children get involved in the whole process.
These are some of the comment the children made upon return...
"It is funny because he uses different voices" — Hannah
"It was great fun. We did lots of acting and drama" — Angus
"Amazing — he used different voices and I learned new things about the story" — Finley
"I liked the song at the beginning and end, it made everyone feel happy and ready to learn" — Rory
As you can see this joint venture had a great impact on our children and it was a fantastic experience not just for the children but also all our parent helpers who attended as well.
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Haddenham St Mary's School is holding a Spring Fayre this Sat (17th March). Don't let the weather put you off! They'll have marquees and gazebos, many stalls are indoors and there'll also be hot food and drinks available, including barbecue food, pizzas, hot chocolate, coffee and tea. It's the perfect way to keep your children occupied even when the sun isn't shining -...
There are currently around 450 children in care in Buckinghamshire. However 'Foster for Bucks' has only have 120 foster carers.The County Council wants to keep Bucks children in Bucks so they can stay close to friends and places and communities they are familiar with.They need your help to achieve that.Foster carers do an amazing job of giving children the care and support they need...
Do you enjoy mooching around the little nooks and crannies of Haddenham? It's a lovely pastime, especially if you have visitors and are looking to enjoy some fresh air with them while discovering the village's little thoroughfares and alleyways. The older parts of the village have many such delights.To guide you, Ken Perry's new Village Walks booklet has recently been published...