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Here we go again

Rehearsals for the Museum Of Untold Stories are well underway and strange sightings of peculiar people dressed in peculiar clothing are to be seen in Alive and Kicking's base at Farsley Farfield.
The AAK portal will be landing in Farsley Farfield Primary School, Pudsey Tyersal Primary School, Beeston St Anthony's Primary School, Clapgate Primary School, Hob Moor Primary School and Bramley St Peter's Primary School over the next few weeks and groups from Fearnville Primary will be searching the horizon to see if they can spot it somewhere near their area too.
The swifts are back, so summer must be coming. And so is MoUS.

Day Three at New Bewerley

Yesterday was our final Day One at New Bewerley Primary School. The rain poured down all day long - but the hall was full of sunshine and laughter as the children of Year 3 /4 worked hard to bring the story of Granny's Underground Garden to life. Highlights of the day were a fantastically stompy Baron Overblow  and an Old Lady who spoke the most extraordinary curse before dropping down dead. The people from the village had spread rumours like wildfire - the worm had ten heads, ten eyes and was ten feet long!
At the meeting of the Ferrish, Ouzle gathered strong support and nearly every Ferrish in the room except for Teazle and one loyal supporter leapt to their feet to rescue Granny...such excitement. When the ship caught fire just as they were setting off, the Ferrrish already had their bailing buckets at hand...a more ready bunch of Ferrish sailors we have never seen. Looking forward to seeing what happens next week...
What were your favourite parts of the day? 

Mr Hirsch and the Year 4's at New Bewerley

What a great day at New Bewerley with Mr Hirsch, Miss Head and the Year Fours. We met a Granny who cleaned her nose with a toothbrush and one who could chew her own toenails!! Recipes for Granny included Brocolli Icecream with an asparagus flake - yum! When Charlie and Rhys found out they were going to Granny's house for the weekend, Charlie fell to her knees to beg and plead but it didn't make any difference...off they went. After a heated discussion between the Ferrish, we decided to rescue Granny from the Worzlum and to try and persuade Teazle that living Uptop wouldn't really that bad - especially with Elland Road to visit! It was a really exciting and creative day and we can't wait to see you all next Wednesday for more adventures in Granny's Underground Garden.... 

Day One at New Bewerley

The final two weeks of Granny's Underground Garden kicked off today with our first visit to New Bewerley School, Beeston. We are in New Bewerley three times this week and next - which is fantastic - it will give us a chance to really work with the staff and children and take root a bit....so watch out NB... We began our marathon with the wonderful Year 3 who made us welcome from the minute we stumbled into their classroom with our strange case. The morning began with a wonderful punishment for Charlotte and Alicia - who had to spend the whole weekend at their Headteacher's cleaning her house from top to bottom - with a toothbrush! Recipes for Granny included Beetroot and Mint Icecream - which some of the staff quite fancied. We then met a burping Granny, a falling over Granny and a dancing Granny - what a collection. And Baron Overblow knew how to stomp a bit!!
My favourite bit of the day, however, was the creation of the Ferrish village. We had workers who dug holes, sculpted rocks, put out volcanoes and caught fish - the school and the market place were full of Ferrish wonders. Great work! 
We are really looking forward to more next Monday. And don't forget Year 3 - keep those lips zipped - both ways!!

New Easter Recipes

The Alive and Kicking crew have been off on their Easter break -but it look like some people have been busy - dreaming up new recipes for Granny's Cookbook. Have a look on the Children's Pages and follow the link for Granny's Underground Garden for some amazing new concoctions including Mint Icecream with Pea Sprinkles, Sproutberry Trifle and Cauliflour Chocolate Brownies. Granny has invited Rhys and Charlotte over for Easter Sunday dinner - and is planning to try some of these out! 

A short pause

Wheeeee it's nearly Easter so no more blogs from me for a couple of weeks unless ...... 

Back to Ash Tree, with the Peacocks (not Pheasants! thanks Dylan) this time

The arguments between Charlie and Rhys really took off today.  Year 4 didn't just listen to each other respond brilliantly they also did some great acting.  Really believable. 
The same was true for the old lady in Granny's story.  Her voice was so wobbly she could have been at least a hundred.
With regard to the Worzlum pictures, one of our artistic geniuses saw fit to label the fangs on his picture with: Can tell tooth paste has never been seen on his shopping list!
See you next Thursday Peacocks!
Luke and Carry

Bramley St Peter's get a load of Granny

Stomp, stomp, stomp!  I can honestly say we've never had such a stompy Baron Overblow yet.  What a stomper, the whole Gym shook. 
The rumours flew like wild fire around Wyrmslow village as the Worzlum grew to be ferociously big.  It really was the creepiest story by Granny.  Not least because, as one year three pupil pointed out, Carry's hair looked like she'd had an electric shock!  Tee hee. - That's Luke sniggering.
Looking forward to Tuesday St Peter's.  Keep up the good work.
Carry and Luke

From the Alive And Kicking Office Desk

And here we are, fingers poised, telephone silent at the moment, hooray, and in front of me the schedule for Granny's Underground Garden which only has two slots left before Easter.
So I'm mixing up some of Granny's potion, thinking of a spell Grimknickers might help with if she ever gets into a good mood, and looking for the courage Gwyneth had when she faced the unicorn.
Then I'll ring Ash Tree Primary School - no courage really needed - they are delightful!!!!

Granny goes to Seven Hills Primary School

Carry and Luke want to say a big thank you to Year 4 at Seven Hills.  We've seen and done it all today, from dancing Granny's telling their gandchildren if they, "don't like it they can go to bed!"  to some brilliant ballet in Madam Esmerallda's dance class.  The dance of the dying swan was exquisite.  All of this AND the class managed to produce an entire book of Granny's recipes in the ten minutes before lunch!  Granny was very proud.   Can't wait to see you all again this coming Tuesday.  We imagine we will be met by some fairly fearsome pictures of the Worzlum.