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Barrow Voice Team
Advertising Deadline
25th July 2005

July Copy Deadline
31st July 2005
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Twinkle tots A musical experience for little hands

Twinkle tots is a new music group specifically designed for babies and toddlers and an excellent way to introduce children to the exciting world of music.

Sessions are held weekly during term time and are led by a professionally trained musician.Twinkle tots creator, Philipa Jackson, grew up in Barrow and now lives here with her husband and daughter.After gaining a degree in music, Philipa now teaches violin at a prep school in Warwickshire and privately from home. In addition to Twinkle tots Philipa has recently started a junior choir at Holy Trinity Church. Since its launch in January of this year Twinkle tots has been going from strength to strength and now has three groups running each week, in Barrow and Woodhouse Eaves

Twinkle tots sessions last for 40 minutes, in which children will begin to learn to listen, beat time, sing songs, play instruments, march to rhythms, take part in action songs, circle games and dancing.

A variety of props, soft toys and story boards are used to bring the songs to life and help create sessions of 'structured fun' specially designed to hold babies' and toddler's attention.

The music for each session is repeated the following week to help children familiarise themselves with the songs. Small class sizes mean that each child will receive personal attention. If you are interested in becoming a member of Twinkle tots please contact Philipa on the number below. Sessions are kept to normal term times.All children are accompanied by a parent or carer with whom they can share the fun.

Music is a great way to aid a child’s development, strengthening coordination, speech, ability to listen, concentration, developing an appreciation of music, gaining confidence and social skills.And finally music is great fun.

For more information contact Philipa Jackson 01509 414406


This year's super summer play scheme is taking place at Humphrey Perkins High School from Monday August 5th to Friday August 9th.As ever, there will be sports, crafts,workshops, trips and performing arts for the children and young people to enjoy.

Grown ups:Why not consider helping out this year? You can choose from a whole range of areas. Even one morning would be great! You'll need to register too. Look out for further details from schools or libraries.

Hopscotch after school club

Have you heard about the after school club at Hall Orchard? Formed in January of this year, it caters for children between the ages of 3 and 11 and is open to everyone. Children can join between one and five sessions a week which run from 3.10 to 6pm.

The manager,Vicki Peacock (who is also a play worker at Fourfold) told me what the children get up to at these fun andeducational sessions. Along with her colleagues, Gemma Bailey (a play worker at the Methodist playgroup) and Lisa Phillips (a teaching assistant at Hall Orchard School) she aims to provide the children with an interesting and varied timetable of activities.

As a member of the 4 children network (known as Kidsclub) activities are planned to support social skills, physical skills (growth and motor), knowledge, ideas and understanding, creative skills, imaginative activities and emotional growth.These key skills are developed with hands on crafts like kite making, cooking and junk modelling as well as football, cricket, rounders, ball games and team games.They also have drama sessions, puppet making, walks and much more.

Sessions cost £7.50 a day (parents may be able to claim up to 70% of their childcare costs through Working Family Tax Credit).

HOPSCOTCH will be holding an open evening in June. Look out for posters in school and around the village.

Places are currently available either straight away or for September 2005.

For more information, please contact Vicki on 01509 412390.

The Reading Voyage

The 2005 summer reading challenge will be called the Reading Voyage, and invites children on a voyage of discovery into the wonderful world of books. It will be launched in libraries throughout the UK at the start of the school summer holidays.

When they join the Reading Voyage, children will be given their own personal Ship's Reading Log, packed with puzzles and challenges to complete over the summer by collecting stickers and incentives, thus providing them with lots of reasons to keep coming back to the library - and to read for enjoyment! This nautical theme complements the SeaBritain2005 campaign, the year-long festival of events which explores the UK's rich maritime heritage, and during which many libraries are working in partnership with museums to target family audiences.

There will be a powerful, creative combination of resources available for children to support the challenge.These include a website on which children can dive into the interactive panoramic "habitats" of Jacqueline Wilson,Anthony Horowitz and other top authors including Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo. Children can explore how writers create their stories, and are encouraged to read and write more themselves.Through a link with the Stories from the Web children's website, they will be able to contribute reviews and see what other children are reading.

Join The Reading Voyage at Barrow library 9th July - 10th September It costs nothing to join the library or take part in the Reading Voyage so get a FREE pack from the library as soon as school finishes and enjoy a fantastic reading adventure this summer.