Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The World of Tatty Bumpkin

Sarah Grice of Tatty Bumpkin Worthing reflects on a recent Tatty Bumpkin session. 

Tatty Bumpkin and the Funny Fish Flap!

As a Franchisee in west Sussex I deliver Tatty Bumpkin sessions in a range of places. It’s amazing just how inclusive and engaging the sessions are for all children.

Every week I deliver a session at a school for children with learning and physical needs, currently I work with a class of boys who are on the autistic spectrum.

The boys thrive on the routine each session has and engage with the multisensory props and the music.

They are now so good at our warm up and breakfast routine that they show their carers and other pupils how to do the Tatty Bumpkin 'Bendy, Giggly, Clever and Strong' song.

One of the pupils likes to tell me what we are doing next, "Cock-a-doodle-doo, wake up song and then breakfast". Indeed, at the last session, his teacher said to me, "If you ever can't make a session I'm sure he will lead the class for you!”

Tatty Bumpkin is woken up by the cockeral, does her 'Bendy, Giggly, Clever and Strong' song and then has breakfast.

Wake Up

Bendy, Giggly, Clever and Strong!
Which breakfast cereal shall we have today?

Last week the Tatty Bumpkin 'Funny Fish Flap' story made for some great moments. 

Firstly the children all had fun expressing themselves and choosing how to roll. They were challenged to roll from a small to a big shape this meant they had to use more control and concentrate on how their body was moving. 

Then they all thoroughly enjoyed making funny noises as it was a chance to let of steam and have a laugh in a safe space. 

Finally the best bit for me was their willingness to make funny faces whilst wearing funny wigs. 

Everyone at the school is so impressed to see what the children can do physically and how they engage with the stories - they wish I could come every day and so do I! 

Having fun making funny faces in another class


Which funny face would you be?

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