Traveller Education Service contacted the local primary school in
Stow and involved the Headteacher, Rebecca Stutt, in planning involvement
from the school in the Big Tent project. The week began with an
exhibition of photographs of Gloucestershire Travellers and a collection
of books for the children to look at and work with in their classrooms.
Children from Year 3 and Year 1 were then taken to the Fair. This
is an account of their day:
from Year 3 and 10 from Year 1 enjoyed spending time at the workshop.
Year 3 were able to make a plaster cast of their foot or
hand and while it was setting, they were shown how to make some
beautiful cards, using tissue paper, pressed flowers and chalk.
By the time they'd finished, the hands were ready and the
children were shown how to finish them off. We were joined
by a group of about 14 Traveller boys in the morning and a mixture
of about 6 or 7 children in the afternoon. The children interacted
beautifully and the Traveller children were very interested in what
was going on and how to do the activities. They asked lots
of questions! Our children were quite quiet, but worked well
with the other children and adult helpers.
thanks must go to the ever-patient adult helpers/organisers –
especially Mark, who was organising the Year 3 activities.
The two ladies were very vigilant and helpful too. Year 1
helped to do some drawings for the big mural and made some small
all have stayed longer but it was dinnertime and home time!
The majority of parents gave permission for their children to go,
although we were only able to take 9/19 from Year 3, due to space
and availability of adult help.