Please read this important post on events in the Larch Centre this week!
On Monday the children walked into the playground to find Father Christmas’ sleigh broken. Presents were everywhere and there were snowy footprints left. Oliver was the first to the scene and described the event as ‘the best experience of his life’. We held an emergency assembly to gather all staff and pupils to discuss what they thought had happened. The children came up with lots of great theories but we decided that we didn’t have enough evidence to know what had happened. All we knew was that Fathers Christmas was somewhere without his sleigh or presents! We headed back to our classroom to get to work on finding out what really had happened.
Lots of pupils made lost posters for Father Christmas and his reindeer, and put them all around school in the hope that someone would be able to help in the search for Father Christmas. Pupils were sent out to gather all the presents that had been scattered across school to hopefully return them to their rightful owner.
On Tuesday when the children came in, there was a letter from Mrs Claus. She expressed that she was really worried because her husband had not returned to the North Pole, and she wandered if any of the pupils knew where he was. Lots of the pupils wrote letters back explaining what they knew so far, and telling Mrs Claus their theory about what had happened. Mrs Claus had also said in the letter that Father Christmas’ favourite food was lasagne so lots of Year 2 pupils suggested that a plate of lasagne was left out for him.
Day three there was breaking news! Mr Tweed came around the classes to show the pupils the CCTV footage that he had uncovered. It showed a reindeer in Balls Park and Father Christmas hiding behind a tree. Father Christmas was around, and the lasagne had gone! The children were comforted to know that he had eaten, but were still unsure as to where he was (the reindeer were full up too – Lisa had carrots missing from her kitchen!). Reception went on a welly walk through the wood in the afternoon. They were excited to find some ‘reindeer poo’ and stumbled across some clues. They found Father Christmas’ hat, a reindeer’s collar and a present in a tree. Isla decided that Father Christmas must have been hiding out in the woods. Year 1 and 2 wanted to spread the shocking news further and therefore spent time writing news reports and carrying out interviews. On Wednesday night, Mrs Oakenfull had been instructed by the Year 2s to leave her iPad out in the hall to try and capture Father Christmas coming to get his sleigh.
However on Thursday we discovered that the iPad had been knocked over and we were only left with a voice recording! We could hear Father Christmas talking about going back to the woods and how he could not fix the sleigh despite all the pieces being there, as he didn’t have the tools. Using all of this evidence, all of the children got to work planning how to fix the sleigh. Year 2 made instructions, Year 1 invented a mode of transport to help him get back to the North Pole and Reception made 3d models of alternate sleigh designs.
The week has ended and Father Christmas has still not returned to the North Pole.
The children asked the D&T department if they could leave their tools for Father Christmas to use. Fingers crossed he will have everything he needs to make his way home. It will be interesting to see what will be left on Monday!
WHtFC CCTV from Simon Balle on Vimeo.
WHtFC news report from Simon Balle on Vimeo.