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Taking Noah’s Ark to Saltaire Primary School

What kind of monkey can fly? A hot air baboon!
What is a cat’s favourite colour? Purr-ple!

Yes, we’ve been in school again! For the fifth year in succession, we took the story of Noah to each of the Year 4 classes continuing the tradition begun when Calverley Methodist Church shared money they had been given with the rest of the Circuit and Sharon Fell devised a day’s work based on the story.

What we do has developed and Sharon would no longer recognise most of how we spend the day. We begin by telling the story using the excellent props made for Shipley’s Open the Book assemblies. Then the story and its message are reinforced as the children do Maths, doubling and halving as they convert cubits into metres and realise just how large the Ark was! They do not realise how much work they are doing as they complete a book of English based puzzles and improvise the retelling of the story with their own dramatic scenes. Small jigsaws of some of the animals and sorting out anagrams of their names occupies another half hour and a craft activity produces a book mark for each child which is souvenir of the day.

These two days are an opportunity to forge links beyond the children whom we see regularly on alternate Thursdays when we take the faith assembly for the Christians in school.

Ann W, Saltaire


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