Coppelia Ballet Workshop with Miss Simpson.

Our current topic is Toys.  This week, we have read the story of Coppelia and were fascinated by the inventor, Dr Coppelius.  He invented lots of toys and robots.  We were able to watch a performance of the ballet, thinking carefully about how the story was told without words.  Following this, we were lucky enough to be visited by Miss Simpson, a ballerina and ballet teacher.  She told us all about ballet dancers and how strong they need to be.  It was fascinating to watch her stand on the points of her ballet shoes.  Miss Simpson helped us to think about how we could use our bodies to retell a section of the story.  It was a fabulous workshop and it made us realis

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e just how difficult it is to be a dancer!

Teddy Bears

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Teddy Bears

Out Topic this term is Toys – Old and New and we have been learning lots about the toys our parents and grandparents enjoyed playing with.  Lots of our relatives told us that they loved playing with their teddy bears. We were interested to find out how teddy bears got their name.

The teddy bear is named after U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt.

In 1902, President Roosevelt participated in a bear-hunting trip in Mississippi. While hunting, Roosevelt declaredthe behavior of the other hunters “unsportsmanlike” after he refused to kill a bear they had captured.

As news of the hunting trip spread, many newspapers around the country featured political cartoons starring “Teddy” and “the bear.”

Meanwhile, in Brooklyn, New York, a shop owner named Morris Michtom saw one of the cartoons and had an idea. Michtom and his wife created plush, stuffed bears and placed them in the front window of their shop.

With permission from Roosevelt, Michtom named the bears “Teddy bears.” They were an instant success. Ladies and children carried the bears with them in public. President Roosevelt even used the teddy bear as his mascot when he ran for re-election.

 

Fabulous Fairy tales!

2W are enjoying listening to lots of different fairy tales.   So far, we have read Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel in our English lessons.  We have also enjoyed watching some of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes on the internet.

We were very surprised to stumble upon a scene straight from a fairy tale in our Guided Reading area!  Ask one of 2W to tell you all about troublesome Goldilocks and what she has been up to!