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#1 jellybaby

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 05:28 PM

hi all! can anyone give me some ideas on a 'castles' topic, hoping to do this after easter, but mind's gone blank even thinking about it! :o

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 06:00 PM

can only think of the usual construction toys make castles, turn role play area into a castle, books on castles,
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Posted 13 March 2007 - 06:16 PM

We have been learning about Castles recently due to the children's interests in construction and dragons. :D We made a large castle for the role play area with a banqueting hall, parents bought in knights, horses and dragons for small world play, we also made a very large dragon from boxes which went down well. Other ideas are kings/queens, heraldry, shields and swords, flags, link to traditional stories such as Jack and the Beanstalk. Hope this helps. :)
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Posted 13 March 2007 - 07:13 PM

We did a whole school topic on Make Believe before Christmas and as part of it we hired a massive foam block castle that we stored in the hall and the children had great fun building into an almost life-sized castle. The 'bricks' were different sizes and shapes: turrets etc. and wonderful fun was had by all. It cost about £200, I think for that time, but the children learned such a lot from it that I would recommend it, if more than one year group is using it and you have acces to any funds-highly unlikely, I know!!

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 07:27 PM

Sounds fantastic where did you get it from?
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Posted 13 March 2007 - 07:40 PM

The May 06 edition of Nursery Education was on castles. Back issues are available here:

http://www.scholasti...ept05-aug06.pdf
That does sound fantastic cookieboy!
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Posted 13 March 2007 - 08:50 PM

You could have a castles day towards the end of the topic. The children and staff come dressed as anything to do with castles (knights, kings, princesses, dragons the usual!). Your activities could all be castle or 'c' based.

You could link the castles with medieval times and have some food tasting, medieval music etc.

You could make a castle cake (Not too difficult, I've a recipe somewhere, give me a few mins and I'll post it)

Hmm, brain not offering much else at the moment - sorry!

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 09:05 PM

Here we go. Have to admit to photographing the pages from the book :o Sorry Usborne

The quality isn't great so if you can't read the writing let me know and I'll email you a typed copy!

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Posted 13 March 2007 - 09:41 PM

There's a story called "Shhh!" by Sally Grindley that has been raved about by lots of people on this forum - it's set inside a giant's castle and has lots of flaps for child participation. I haven't used it yet but it looks great and would fit in well with this topic.

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:23 PM

Sorry Fluff, your attachments seem to be a direct breach of copyright, and we have had to remove them. Please remember that the FSF can be held responsible for such copyright infringement. :)
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 03:54 PM

I found a fab game to play which was castle themed, it is on the playmobil UK site.

http://www.playmobil...d=SCREEN_GAME09

It takes a while to load up but when it does it is well worth it! The boys especially will absolutely love it! There are parts of a story in between each level and so there is quite a lot to learn about as you go through it. Lots to see about how a castle defneds and can be attacked!

Hope it helps you!

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 04:12 PM

We have built a castle outdoors using large cardboard boxes (new PCs came in them) and have hobby horses which the children love. We did things like who can build the tallest tower?
Also built castles in the block play area which the children have drawn plans for and built.
We have a wooden castle and figures which I think came from ELC in the small world area
How about the giants castle from Jack and the beanstalk?
Also use different shapes to make a plan for a castle (cut out and stuck down) do they know that names of the shapes?

Our Y1 class made the pink castle from Balamory.


Don't suppose you could run to hiring a bouncy castle? We usually do this in the summer term.
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Posted 14 March 2007 - 06:07 PM

we made shields using symmetrical patterns... very effective display and covered MD/CD and PD

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Posted 14 March 2007 - 09:04 PM

hey guys! thanks so much for the great ideas! really looking forward to topic now! :D




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