Year 3, as part of their learning around Wind in the Willows, visited Killerton House on Tuesday 28th November. Prior to the visit, pupils had created Christmas decorations based on the characters from the book, which were displayed as part of the event on a Christmas tree in the chapel.
When Year 3 arrived at Killerton, they gathered together to recall their excellent understanding of the story and discussed the different characters, before splitting into smaller groups led by Killerton staff dressed as many of the animals in the story. They then travelled around the house, decorated to represent many of the scenes found in the story, taking part in a range of activities. This include:
• attempting to get a set of keys from the guard in the jail
• wearing masks and asking questions to guess which character they were
• writing on a bauble to explain what friendship is
• using a range of percussion instruments in the music room to recreate the setting of major events in the story, ranging from the river flowing to Toad’s escape.
Finally, the whole group regathered in the music room to sing a Christmas song, all about friendship, that they had been practising in school, which impressed all those listening. They also shared the letters that they had been asked to find on their carousel before working out the word that the entire morning was based around: ‘Friendship’. The visit was hugely enjoyed by all and Year 3 behaved excellently throughout the entire trip. Jasmine thought the entire visit was fabulous and Lewis particularly enjoyed creating the sound of fire using percussion instruments.