Creative Circle Time Lessons for the Early Years

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Yvonne Weatherhead

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  • Circle Time is …

    • Collective responsibility
    • Individual and group responses
    • Realistic problem solving
    • Caring and supportive atmospheres
    • Laughter and sometimes tears
    • Enjoying the challenge
    • Time for ourselves
    • Interesting and innovative ideas
    • Meaningful games
    • Escapism …

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    Dedication

    This book is dedicated to the following people for their help and support over the years:

    About the Author

    Yvonne Weatherhead has been the headteacher of Marland Hill Community Primary School in Rochdale for eighteen years and has led the school through three very successful Ofsted inspections. Her contributions to leadership and management in the inspections were deemed as “outstanding” and “very strong.” Yvonne has also been the federation headteacher of two schools and fund this to be a very successful and rewarding experience. Marland Hill is also a lead school in behaviour management and serves a socially disadvantaged community. It has recently been rebuilt as a purpose built resource base school to develop an inclusive approach with a hearing impaired unit and has an additional visually impaired drop-in rainbow room for under 5's. Marland Hill has received the Silver Artsmark Award for contributions to Dance, Drama, Art and Music and is a Leading Literacy School for Rochdale Local Authority.

    Yvonne has for many years led enthusiastic in-service training in Circle Time, behaviour management and literacy throughout the country. Yvonne's first book to be published by Lucky Duck was Enriching Circle Time: Dream Journeys and Pasitive Thoughts. This latest book, Creative Circle Time Lessons for the Early Years, links Circle Time lessons to the teaching of the Literacy Curriculum, which has always been encouraged by Yvonne and has enhanced the teaching of oracy skills.

    Music, dance, movement and drama are used as a stimulus in all of her books. Yvonne's enthusiasm for the arts has encouraged many school visitors to comment favourably on the creative and lively approach to the teaching of music and the lively interactive assemblies.

  • Appendix

    Lesson Plans A–Z

    Icons used in Lesson plans to indicate the different components of Circle Time

    Adorable

    Lesson objective: To enable children to feel empowered to change things and situations around them.

    Citizenship: Children to share their opinions about things that matter.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Adorable Bear

    Adorable bear, hiding in a yellow tree,

    Send me a smile, addressed to me,

    Post it and seal it, in an envelope blue,

    And I'll send you one back, just for you.

    Adorable bear, you look golden and bright,

    The yellow glows around you, an incredible sight,

    Send me a wish, a wish I can hold,

    Adorable bear, you've a heart of gold.

    This is a model for all dream journeys, where questions are asked appropriate to the journey the children have taken, during the quiet reflection time.

    Bathtime

    Lesson objective: To enable children to relate personal problems anonymously. To discuss problems in a supportive way.

    Citizenship: To recognise, identify and deal with their feelings in a positive way.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Baloo Bathtime Bear

    Baloo, Baloo, a bathtime bear,

    Bubbles and soap everywhere.

    Washing his front, scrubbing his toes,

    Bathtime bubbles all over his nose.

    Playing at crocodiles, hands open wide,

    Let all the fishes swim inside.

    Jaws goes snip, Jaws goes snap,

    Water's getting cold, turn on hot tap.

    Water's getting hot, on his toes,

    Pull the plug out, down it goes.

    Baloo, Baloo, a bathtime bear,

    Bubbles and soap everywhere.

    Introducing the Circle Time Notice Board

    The notice board then becomes a feature for the week of anything the children wish to put on it, connected with the theme for the week. It is referred to at various times throughout the week.

    Parents are also encouraged to contribute ideas to this.

    Cool

    Lesson objective: To introduce relaxation by using a therapeutic story.

    To be able to understand the rules of games.

    Citizenship: To listen to other people and play and work co-operatively.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Cool Bear

    Only an ice cool bear

    Could really share,

    The pond with the goldfish ten.

    Only an ice cool bear

    Could really dare,

    To dip his toes in the cool fountain.

    Only an ice cool bear

    Could sunbathe there,

    In the pool that ripples with rings.

    Only an ice cool bear

    Could dreamily stare,

    At the butterflies with colourful wings.

    Dancing

    Lesson objective: To explore the use of adjectives in playing games and group discussions.

    Citizenship: To recognise what children like and dislike.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Dancing Bear

    Barney, Barney, is a dancing bear,

    He loves to rock and roll.

    And when he's out a partying,

    He is the life and soul.

    He's got good rhythm, he's really smooth,

    He likes to dance, he loves to groove.

    He finds a friend, they dance all night,

    They leap about, a brilliant sight.

    He loves his friend, to throw him high,

    He stretches up, into the sky.

    He lands on the ground, in the splits he goes,

    And then quick as a flash, on to his toes.

    Barney, Barney, is a dancing bear,

    He loves to rock and roll.

    And when he's out a partying,

    He is the life and soul!

    Energetic

    Lesson objective: To develop the confidence to relate a descriptive story orally.

    To use imagination to develop ideas about cloud gazing.

    Citizenship: To take part in discussion with the whole class.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Energetic Bear

    Do you dare, do you dare,

    Stand on your head like energetic bear?

    Upside down, Upside down,

    The world is as funny as a circus clown.

    Count to ten, wriggle your toes,

    Do it one-handed and hold your nose.

    Do you dare, do you dare,

    Stand on your head like energetic bear?

    Friendly

    Lesson objective: To explore the two different emotions of happy and sad.

    To recognise the qualities of friendship.

    Citizenship: To recognise and deal with their feelings in a positive way.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Friendly Bear

    If you need a friend,

    To share all your news,

    Bradley will be that friend,

    He's the one to choose.

    He's a friend in a million,

    He will love you and care,

    And when you feel sad,

    Bradley will always be there.

    To listen to your troubles,

    To put round you his arm,

    And with Bradley near you,

    You will come to no harm.

    Goalkeeper

    Lesson objective: To be aware of the physical capabilities of your body and to learn to overcome fears.

    Citizenship: To recognise and respect the similarities and differences between people.

    Introduction: Sing Song (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Goalkeeper Bear (with Music) (Try and Put in Actions to Song!)

    Dribble the ball,

    Kick the ball,

    Aim it at the goal.

    Dive for the ball,

    Leap for the ball,

    Do a forward roll.

    Hiding

    Lesson objective: To confront worries and concerns and to empower children to discuss them in a safe environment.

    Citizenship: To share opinions on things that matter to them and explain their views.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Hiding Bear

    Let's play hide and seek, run and hide!

    Bronty will be “on” and we'll run inside,

    We'll hide behind curtains, hide in the bath,

    And if Bronty finds us, he'll probably laugh,

    We'll hide under tables, we'll hide behind chairs,

    We'll hide behind the fridge and under the stairs,

    Let's play hide and seek, run and hide,

    Bronty will be “on” and we'll run inside.

    Ice-Cream

    Lesson objective: To be able to describe favourite foods and to use senses to show enjoyment.

    Citizenship: To take part in discussions.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Ice-Cream Bear

    Scrumptious, delicious, ice-cream in a dollop,

    A super duper mouthful, what a wallop,

    Icy in the mouth, shivery down your throat,

    Icy-wicy dicey, crikey, it's like an ice cream boat,

    Sailing down the tunnels, that are

    dark and scary inside,

    Sliding fast towards your stomach,

    It's a very bumpy ride,

    Scrumptious, delicious ice-cream in a dollop

    Arriving in your stomach, what an icy wallop!

    Jack-in-the-Box

    Lesson objective: To be able to use mime, discussion and drama to relate extreme feelings, e.g. Surprise and shock.

    Citizenship: To recognise what they like and dislike.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Jack-in-the-Box Bear

    Brindle's become a Jack-in-the-box,

    He jumps and springs, SURPRISE!

    He loves to be a secret toy,

    Who leaps up and waves goodbye.

    King

    Lesson objective: To recognise ways to help oneself and others.

    Citizenship: To recognise choices they can make.

    Introduction: Read poem (this poem does not have a rhythm – it is to be read majestically) this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session.

    King Bear

    Your majesty Bazal, can I have a little word?

    I've a secret for to tell, and it's really so absurd,

    I had a dream last night, I dreamt the world turned white,

    I dreamt that all our school, lost its colour over night,

    The crayons had no colours, unless we coloured snow,

    The paints they were just white, the rainbows had to go,

    The children's songs were boring, no colours we could sing,

    The displays around the corridors, had turned to ghostly scenes,

    The teachers all wore white, they looked so ill and drawn,

    They didn't know what to teach, they really looked forlorn,

    But one day in Assembly, the headteacher shed a tear,

    She tried to talk of Spring, no colours would appear.

    The tear fell on you Sire, on your rainbow colours bright,

    And your colours made a stream, it was such a wonderful sight,

    And as if a magic rainbow, had come to save us all,

    The colours touched the displays and made a brilliant coloured hall,

    The children found their smiles, they sang with life and zest,

    The teachers looked delighted, they said we really did our best,

    Your Majesty you see, your colours mean life is worth living,

    We thank you for our colours, and for the joy that you are giving.

    Laughing

    Lesson objective: To explore happiness and sadness.

    To be able to deal with sad situations.

    Citizenship To recognise, identify and deal with feelings in a positive way.

    Introduction: Sing song (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Laughing Bear (with Music)

    Laugh out loud, go on,

    Laugh till you drop,

    Giggle to yourself till,

    Your tummy wants to pop!

    POP! POP! GIGGLE! POP!

    POP! POP! GIGGLE! POP!

    Mending

    Lesson objective: To be able to learn how to retain friendships and how to be caring about one another.

    Citizenship: To develop good relationships.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Mending Bear

    Mending, mending, mending bear,

    Mend, Oh mend, my trouser tear!

    Noughts and Crosses

    Lesson objective: To be able to understand fair play and treatment of others.

    Citizenship: To recognise choices they can make and recognise the difference between right and wrong.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Noughts and Crosses Bear

    Your turn next, nought or cross?

    Please put the right one, I don't mean to boss.

    You've won too many games, it must be my turn,

    My head is in a whirl and my stomach's in a churn.

    Put a cross, put a cross, go on over there,

    Then I'll put another one, I'll be a lucky bear.

    If you listen to my thoughts, I'll win this next game,

    Oh no! You've put a nought, Oh dear, what a shame!

    Orange Drinking

    Lesson objective: To explore the realms of space with our bodies and to join together with others in actions to create imaginative mime.

    Citizenship: To play and work co-operatively.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Orange Drinking Bear

    Drinking orange through a straw,

    Is simply a wonderful thing,

    Simply sitting in the sun

    And a humming, ting-a-ling,

    Ting-a-slurp-a-ling-a-slurp

    A-slurp-a-ling-a-loo

    Simply slurping through a straw

    Is the best thing you can do!

    Party

    Lesson objective: To understand that we are all different and need support. To understand that some situations cause stress on individuals.

    To help us all enjoy leisure situations.

    Citizenship: To identify and respect the difference between people.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Party Bear

    It's party time, hip hip hooray,

    It's party time, a real fun day,

    We've lots to eat, we'll share our food,

    We'll say please and thank you, we won't be rude,

    We'll laugh a lot, we'll dance and play,

    It's party time, hip hip hooray!

    Quiet Reading

    Lesson objective: To understand that we all need personal quiet space and to discuss ways of creating this.

    Citizenship: To recognise how their behaviour affects other people.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Quiet Reading Bear

    Sh! Sh! for quiet bear,

    He's reading quietly, Sh!

    Sh! He's snuggled up with a friend, Sh! Sh! Sh!

    Sh! Sh! for reading bear,

    He's having a quiet time, Sh!

    Sh! He needs us to leave him alone, Sh! Sh! Sh!

    Sh! Sh! we all need quiet,

    We need quiet right now, Sh!

    Sh! We need to have a time on our own, Sh! Sh! Sh!

    Sh! Sh! Please go away,

    I need to be quiet, Sh!

    Sh! I'll see you later, Ok? Sh! Sh! Sh!

    Relaxing

    Lesson objective: To enable us to discover how to enjoy quality relaxation times.

    Citizenship: To take part in discussion with one person.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Relaxing Bear

    Relax, go on, sit back in the chair,

    Put your feet up, like Brandon, you don't need to stare,

    Find a position, to let your body feel free,

    Is it crossing your legs, arms draped on the settee?

    Relax, go on, let your cares float away,

    If you learn to relax, you'll enjoy all your day,

    Lie on the floor, let your body feel light,

    If your friends arrive, just shut your eyes tight.

    They'll think you're asleep, they'll creep out of sight,

    And then you'll relax, you'll just get it right!

    Stripy

    Lesson objective: To understand that colours create moods and feelings and enhance telling stories.

    Citizenship: To listen to other people and play and work co-operatively.

    Introduction: Sing the song (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Stripy Bear (with Music)

    My friend stripy bear, your stripes are like rings,

    That you throw at a fair and win goldfish and things.

    Your legs, are so long, you could win a fast race,

    You could run a long marathon and keep up the pace.

    Let's learn all your colours, let's give it a try,

    We'll take a deep breath and we'll try not to sigh …

    From the top … from the top,

    Let's try not to drop.

    Orange, white, orange, yellow, orange, red, orange, grey.

    orange, pink, orange, green, orange, yellow, orange, pink.

    orange, grey, orange, pink, orange, green, orange, peach.

    orange, white, orange, yellow, orange, pink, orange, grey, orange.

    Can you do it? Can you do it? I bet you do it fast,

    Take a breath at the start and see if you can last!

    (repeat orange, white, etc.)

    Tall

    Lesson objective: To enable us to feel confident in our own capabilities.

    Citizenship: To recognise how their behaviour affects other people.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Tall Bear

    I'm tall, I really am,

    Stand me on a wall and you'll see,

    I can stretch, I really can,

    Stand me on a chair, let me be!

    You're small, you really are,

    Now you know just what it's like,

    I'm getting down, cos I'm tall inside,

    Let's have a ride on my bike!

    Umbrella

    Lesson objective: To use a variety of games to explore working together as groups. To use Dream journeys to create a feeling of calmness, fun and contentment.

    Citizenship: To share their opinions on things that matter to them and explain their views.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson on Literacy or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Umbrella Bear

    Umbrella sun,

    Umbrella rain,

    Umbrella showers,

    On window pane.

    Umbrella colours,

    Umbrella twirl,

    Umbrella rainbow,

    Over smiling girl.

    Umbrella fun,

    Umbrella muddles,

    Umbrella dancing,

    In muddy puddles.

    Umbrella happy,

    Umbrella sad,

    Umbrella sharing,

    With mum or dad.

    Umbrella running,

    Umbrella race,

    Umbrella dog,

    In Umbrella chase.

    Umbrella love,

    Umbrella care,

    Umbrella down,

    If you dare!

    Very Happy

    Lesson objective: To understand how to deal with emotions of happiness and sadness (followed up from Laughing).

    Citizenship: That they belong to various groups and communities, such as family and school.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Very Happy Bear

    Very happy bear

    Happy bear

    Bear

    Bear very happy

    Bear happy

    Bear

    Very bear happy

    Very bear

    Bear.

    Very very very

    Happy happy happy

    Bear bear bear

    Very happy bear

    Very!

    Dabbit Day

    “It's a roly poly rabbit day today!” shouted Dee Dee the rabbit who lived at the top of Marland Hill.

    “Roly poly rabbit days are my favourite days. They make me very happy.

    They happen every Sunday when the sun is shining,” he told a passing butterfly.

    “Today is a perfect day.”

    “I wonder where Raggles is? He should be here by now.”

    He looked around for his friend.

    “Hello Dee Dee,” said Raggles the dog. “It's a roly poly dog day today,” he teased.

    Dee Dee twitched his ears before he replied.

    “Now Raggles, I've told you before. It's called roly poly rabbit day. Rabbits love to roly poly.”

    Dee Dee paused for a moment.

    “Dogs … well … dogs … they love to join in,” he whispered cautiously, not wanting to upset his friend.

    “Anyway, rabbits have special days named after them … so there!” Dee Dee said finally

    “Oh who cares what it is called?” said Raggles.

    “Let's roll! Last to the bottom is a drooping dandelion.”

    And off they went, rolling down Marland Hill.

    “Wheeeee!” said Dee Dee – “this is great fun.”

    “Beejaggles!” shouted Raggles – “this is fantastic.”

    “A draw,” they agreed at the bottom of the hill, because no one really wanted to be a drooping dandelion.

    Suddenly, Bazal bear arrived at the top of Marland Hill.

    “Hello Raggles, hello Dee Dee,” he shouted as he waved his hand.

    “It's roly poly dabbit day,” he said chuckling to himself.

    Raggles and Dee Dee hurried to the top of Marland Hill.

    “What's a dabbit day?” said Raggles amused by his friend's silly little ways.

    “Everyone knows what a dabbit day is. It's a rabbit and dog day mixed together,” said Bazal bear.

    “Okay” said Dee Dee, “You win, dabbit day it is. We'll call it roly poly dabbit day.”

    “Let's roly poly dabbit,” said Bazal.

    “Let's go for it!” shouted Raggles and Dee Dee together.

    “Last to the bottom is a drooping dandelion,” Raggles reminded his friends.

    “Don't you mean a drooping dabbit dandelion,” Bazal said smiling.

    “We'll roll after 3 dabbits,” said Dee Dee.

    “DABBIT, DABBIT, DABBIT!” they all shouted together.

    Which made them all very happy and excited.

    “Wheeeee!” said Dee Dee.

    “Bejaggles!” shouted Raggles.

    “Jinglejal!” Bazal said, to join in with the fun.

    And of course it was a draw, because no-one wanted to be a drooping dabbit dandelion and everyone went away very happy, as it had been a very exciting day.

    WOW

    Lesson objective: To feel positive about self and others and to recognise each others strengths.

    Citizenship: To listen to other people and play and work co-operatively.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    WOW Bear

    WOW! says Blinkle,

    Your singing was great,

    WOW! says Blinkle,

    You're sitting so straight,

    WOW! says Blinkle,

    Your behaviour is just right,

    WOW! says Blinkle, You look happy and bright,

    WOW! says Blinkle,

    You can reach for the stars,

    WOW! says Blinkle,

    You could land on Mars!

    Xylophone

    Lesson objective: To be able to recognise that others benefit from our help or need our kind thoughts.

    Citizenship: To share their opinion on things that matter to them.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Xylophone Bear

    Play the xylophone, if you choose,

    Feel the rhythm, sing the blues,

    Up and down the keys you slide,

    The notes dance out, you feel them inside,

    Rhythm fast, rhythm slow,

    Feel that beat, let the music flow.

    Yawning

    Lesson objective: To recognise that some of us are scared of the dark and need strategies to deal with this.

    Citizenship: To deal with feelings in a positive way.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Yawning Bear

    If you open your mouth a yawn comes just see,

    I know I'm not tired, but it takes over me,

    I try not to yawn, I try so hard to look bright,

    But a yawn creeps over me, no matter how I fight,

    It starts in my throat and vibrates over my tongue,

    It forces open my teeth and I know it's wrong.

    But I open my mouth, like a great hippopotamus,

    And I put my head back and I try not to fuss-a-muss

    I stretch my arms out and then say most politely,

    Excuse me my friends, which they accept quite rightly!

    Zig Zag

    Lesson objective: To recognise that language does not need to be a barrier and that we communicate by feelings and expression.

    Citizenship: To take part in discussions.

    Introduction: Read poem and perform poem to rhythm (this either to be done before the Circle Time lesson in Literacy lesson or at the beginning of Circle Time session).

    Zig Zag Bear … Zig Zag Zoo

    Zig Zag … Zig Zag Zoo,

    Twiddly, Diddly, Wiggly, Woo,

    Zig Zog … Zig Zog Zug,

    Wuggly, Buggly, Duggly, Dug.

    Zig Zag … Zig Zag Zonk,

    Doggly, Hoggly, Boggly, Gonk!

    Zig Zag … Bear Zag Zoo,

    I can see him, Zag, can you?

    Appendix: Stripy Bear's Knitting Pattern

    by Irene Weatherhead

    Double Knitting Wool – No.9 needles

    Head

    Use cream wool

    Begin at end of nose and cast on 6sts. loosely

    1st row, Inc k wise into every st = 12 sts.

    P1 row

    Next row, K1, inc in next 10 sts, k1 = 22 sts.

    P1 row

    Shape Nose

    1st row, K1, m1, k7, m1, k6, m1, k7, m1, k1 = 26 sts.

    2nd row and every following alternate row – Purl

    3rd row, K1, m1, k9, m1, k6, m1, k9, m1, k1 = 30 sts.

    5th row, K1, m1, k11, m1, k6, m1, k11, m1, k1 = 34 sts.

    7th row, K1, m1, k13, m1, k6, m1, k13, m1, k1 = 38 sts.

    9th row, K1, m1, k15, m1, k6, m1, k15, m1, k1 = 42 sts.

    Next row, 10th row, (p1 p2tog) 6 times, p6 (p2tog, p1) 6 times = 30 sts.

    Shape Head – Change to Brown Wool

    1st row, K11, m1, k1, m1, k6, m1, k1, m1, k11 = 34 sts.

    2nd and every following alternate row – Purl

    3rd row, K12, m1, k1, m1, k8, m1, k1, m1, k12 = 38 sts.

    5th row, K13, m1, k1, m1, k10, m1, k1, m1, k13 = 42 sts.

    7th row, K14, m1, k1, m1, k12, m1, k1, m1, k14 = 46 sts.

    9th row, K15, m1, k1, m1, k14, m1, k1, m1, k15 = 50 sts.

    11th row, K16, m1, k1, m1, k16, m1, k1, m1, k16 = 54 sts.

    13th row, K6 (m1, k1) 13 times, k16 (k1, m1) 13 times, k6

    Beginning with a purl row –st. st. 9 rows

    Shape Back of Head

    1st row, (k8, k2tog) to end = 72 sts.

    2nd row and following alternate row – Purl

    3rd row, (k7, k2tog) to end = 64 sts.

    5th row, (k6, k2tog) to end = 56 sts.

    7th row, (k5, k2tog) to end = 48 sts.

    9th row, (k4, k2tog) to end = 40 sts.

    11th row, (k3, k2tog) to end = 32 sts.

    13th row, (k2, k2tog) to end = 24 sts.

    15th row, (k1, k2tog) to end = 16 sts.

    17th row, (k2tog) to end = 8 sts.

    B & T tightly

    To Make up Head

    Join row ends, leaving a gap at centre of seam for turning and stuffing. This seam will run underneath the head. Gather round cast on sts. pull up tightly and fasten off.

    Turn head right side out and stuff very firmly, taking care to push stuffing well into nose to shape it. Close gap in seam.

    Ears

    Make 2 pieces for each ear (2 cream, 2 brown)

    Begin at top edge, cast on 16 sts.

    Purl 1 row

    Shape Ear

    1st row, K1, m1, k to last st. m1, k1 = 18 sts.

    2nd row, Purl

    Repeat these two rows three times more = 22 sts.

    Next row, K1, k2tog, k5 (k2tog) 3 times, k5, K2tog, k1 = 17 sts.

    Cast off

    Oversew the pieces together in pairs, leaving cast off edges open. Oversew cast off edges of each ear together. Sew ears in place, curving them slightly.

    Body

    Cast on 30 sts. in blue

    Working in blue

    1st row, K5, inc. into next 20 sts, k5 = 50 sts.

    Beg. with a purl row, continue in st. st. and work 11 rows

    Inc. to shape sides

    Next row, K11 (m1, k1) 4 times, k20 (k1, m1) 4 times, k11= 58 sts.

    St. st. 3 rows.

    Now start to work in stripes.

    2 rows gold

    2 rows light brown (beige)

    2 rows gold

    2 rows pink

    2 rows gold

    2 rows green

    2 rows gold

    2 rows lemon

    2 rows gold

    2 rows red

    2 rows gold

    2 rows light brown

    2 rows gold

    2 rows pink

    2 rows gold

    2 rows green

    2 rows gold

    Body should now be long enough – Cast off

    Arms

    Note: There is a right and left arm. The variation for left arm is given in () brackets, otherwise the instructions are the same for both arms.

    Begin at lower edge in brown.

    Cast on 15 sts.

    1st row, K1 (inc. in next st. k1) to end = 22 sts.

    Next row, (right side) p11, k11 for right arm.

    (k11, p11 for left arm)

    Repeat this row 8 more times

    P1 row

    Change to blue wool

    Shape Arm

    Next row, K9, m1, k1, m1, k2, m1, k1, m1, k9 = 26 sts.

    Beg. with a p row, continue in st. st. and work 33 rows

    Shape top of arm

    Dec. 1 st. at each end of next 4 rows

    Dec. 1 st. at beginning of next 4 rows.

    Next row, (k2tog) to end

    B & T tightly

    Sew row ends of each arm leaving top shaped edges open

    Oversew across cast on sts.

    Turn arms right side out and stuff

    Pin open top edges of arms to sides of body with the B and T sts. 3/8ins below neck. Sew arms in place

    Legs

    Right leg

    Begin at sole of foot in brown wool

    Cast on 16 sts, mark 16 sts. with coloured wool, then cast on 8 more sts. = 24 sts.

    Beg. with a purl row and continue in st. st. work 3 rows

    Next row, Inc. k wise into every st. = 48 sts.

    Beg. with a purl row, st. st. 2 rows

    Begin foot

    Beg. with a knit row, continue in st. st. and work 10 rows

    Shape foot

    Next row, K7 (k2tog) 10 times, k10 (k2tog) 4 times, k3 = 34 sts.

    Next row, Purl

    Next row, K6 (k2tog) 6 times, k16 = 28 sts.

    St. st. 11 rows

    Shape Leg

    Knit in stripes for about 18cms.

    Work in gold, k8, m1, k2, m1, k11, m1, k2, m1, k5

    Purl 1 row in gold

    Continue in st. st.

    2 rows light brown2 rows gold
    2 rows red2 rows gold
    2 rows yellow2 rows gold
    2 rows white2 rows gold
    2 rows green2 rows gold
    2 rows pink2 rows gold
    2 rows light brown2 rows gold
    2 rows red2 rows gold
    2 rows yellow2 rows gold
    2 rows white2 rows gold
    2 rows green2 rows gold
    2 rows pink2 rows gold
    2 rows light brown2 rows gold

    52 rows or approx. 18cms.

    Left Leg

    Begin at sole of foot in brown wool

    Cast on 9sts. and mark the 9th st. with a coloured thread, then cast on 15 more sts. = 24sts.

    Beg. with purl row and work 3 rows in st. st.

    Next row – inc. knit wise into every st. = 48 sts.

    Starting with a purl row, st. st. 2 rows

    Begin foot

    Beg. with a knit row, work in st. st. for 10 rows.

    Shape Foot

    Next row, K3 (k2tog) 4 times, k10 (k2tog) 10 times, k7 = 34sts.

    Next row, Purl

    Next row, K16 (k2tog) 6 times, k6 = 28sts.

    St. st. 11 rows

    Shape Leg

    Knit in stripes

    Work in gold, K5, m1, k2, m1, k11, m1, k2, m1, k8 = 32sts.

    Purl 1 row

    Continue in stripes in st.st.

    2 rows light brown

    2 rows gold

    2 rows red

    2 rows gold

    2 rows yellow

    2 rows gold

    2 rows white

    2 rows gold

    2 rows green

    2 rows gold

    2 rows pink

    Continue in colours for 52 rows or approx. 18cms.

    Eyes (2)

    Cast on 10sts. in cream

    Next row, K2tog. To end of row = 5sts.

    Gather sts.

    Sew ends tog.

    Stitch in place

    Sew centre of eye with black wool

    Neck Bow

    Use either green or yellow wool double

    Make a chain about 18ins. long

    To Make up
    Head

    Join row ends leaving a gap at centre of seam for turning and stuffing. This seam will run underneath the head. Gather round cast on sts. pull up tightly and fasten off.

    Turn head right side out and stuff very firmly, taking care to push stuffing well into nose to shape it. Stitch gap in seam.

    Body

    Stitch all row ends. This seam will be at back of body. Turn right side out and stuff firmly.

    To Sew Head to Body

    Place head on cast on edge of body, pinning the coloured threads on head seam to the centre back seam of body.

    Pin the remainder of cast on edge of body to the head where it touches. Sew in place as pinned.

    Legs

    Join row ends of each leg from cast on edge, leaving the top shaped edges open.

    Beginning at the coloured thread at each cast on edge, oversew cast on sts. together. Turn legs right side out and stuff firmly.

    The leg seam will now be at the inside leg position.

    Sew legs to body.

    Join centre of bottom of body between legs.

    Sew arms in place.

    Place ears and eyes in position.

    Stitch in black wool at the end of snout.

    Bib (2) Front and Back

    Working in st.st. cast on 12 sts. and two colour pattern work 4 rows

    Next row, dec. 1st. at each end

    Purl 1 row

    Next row, dec. 1st. at each end.

    Purl 1 row

    15 rows

    Carry on in st.st. until knitting is long enough to reach to neck

    Stitch 1 bib to front and 1 bib to back.

    The colours on the knitting pattern are not exactly the same as Bazal's stripes, but if any knitters would like to adapt the pattern, the stripe order is as follows:

    Bibliography

    Attenborough, L. (1999) When All the World's Asleep: A Children's Book of Poems, Prayers and Meditations. Lanham, MD: Element Books.
    Bliss, T. and Tetley, J. (2006) Circle Time: A Resource Book for Primary and Secondary Schools,
    2nd edn.
    London: Lucky Duck.
    Citizenship: A Scheme of Work For Key Stages 1 and 2. A paperback for education skills. London: QCA.
    Davis, G. (1999) Six Years of Circle Time. London: Lucky Duck.
    Excellence and Enjoyment: Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (A SEAL resource). Nottingham: DfES Publications.
    Powell, H. and McKee, D. (2001) Game-Songs with Professor Dogg's Troupe. London: A & C Black.
    Mosley, J. and MurrayP. (1998) Quality Circle Time in the Primary Classroom. LDA.
    Music for Chilling, Fairy Music (classical music by great composers inspired by fairies).
    A thank you must go to all the many Circle Time writers, from whom ideas and stories have been passed down over the years and been used by all of us in our Circle Time lessons.
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