Everybody thoroughly enjoyed our Fairground Week! Some children had asked if they could learn about rides and theme parks and we therefore decided to undertake a themed Fairground Week with a focus on traditional fairgrounds because many children had not experienced these.
Prior to the week itself, all children worked with Tan Draig, creative practitioner, to make a variety of fairground games and stalls including ‘Hook a Duck’, Coconut Shy, dodgems, a helter skelter and a spooky ‘tunnel of hands’! Each class also made a full size carousel horse using just canes, newspaper and lots of glue!
During the themed week, children also designed and made a variety of models of rides, stalls and games including merry-go-rounds, rollercoasters, big dippers, candy floss stores, ghost trains, cars and dodgems, roundabouts, halls of mirrors and Ferris wheels. Children really engaged with these tasks and persevered to make some high quality models.
Many children and parents also took up the challenge of making fairground models at home and these were displayed proudly in school.
The week culminated when the school hall was transformed into ‘Shelton Fairground’ for the day and all classes visited the fair to interact with all the games and stalls which they had made in their classrooms. A full size carousel consisting of the horses made by each class proved to be a very popular attraction. The horses looked magnificent! Children also enjoyed crawling through the dark and spooky ‘Tunnel of Hands’ as well as using the dodgem cars. Children played on the Coconut Shy, the Galactic Blaster and Hook a Duck and also rolled balls down the helter skelter.
At the end of the day parents and families were invited into the fairground to see for themselves all the hard work which the children had undertaken to make such a super and exciting fairground.