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