Tuesday 16 March 2010
A group of excited 3-4 year old children from Holmwood House Nursery were joined by pupils from the Reception classes in the Pre-Prep Hall to enjoy a magical production of Pip's Wildlife Garden organised by the superb Nutmeg Puppet Company. The show was produced on behalf of a project funded by several organisations including the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project and local district councils. Holmwood House Nursery were delighted to be chosen as one of the 50 nurseries, playgroups, primary and pre-schools in the area to be involved in this innovative project.
All kinds of puppets, storytelling and songs made up the show which was followed by a 25-minute drama hands-on workshop, accompanied by an education pack full of preparation and follow-up ideas, such as how to grow your own vegetables. The young children were entranced by the story of how Pip goes to the wild, glorious, overgrown jungle at the bottom of her garden and watches the hedgehog feasting on snails, sees the barn owl hunting and spies the hare dancing by moonlight until grumpy Grandad enters the garden. In the end, after many exciting adventures, Pip and Grandad work together to find a way to share the garden. The aim of the project is to help young children to understand about wildlife and the importance of protecting the environment, and the children really enjoyed the 30 minute interactive workshop with the puppets after the show.
Nursery Manager Claire Angel said "It was a wonderful 'hands on' opportunity for the children. They had a fantastic time, and we are looking forward to the extension workshop in a few weeks time where the children can re-live the experience and take the investigations out into the nursery gardens!"
Colchester Councillor, Mr Nigel Chapman, an active supporter of the project, and Emma Black, Community Officer for the Dedham Vale AONB and Stour Valley Project, were also in the audience on this occasion. They both commented on how enthusiastically the children had watched the show and how the interactive session had been a brilliant way of encouraging the young children to learn and understand about the environment we live in.