Her Majesty The Queen writes a letter to Spoty Hat.
Links to EYFS:
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Communication and Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive Arts and Design
A letter that we read to the children from The Queen:
"Dear Spoty Hat,
This is the Queen of the United Kingdom writing to you, Queen Elizabeth II.
It recently came to my attention that your friends, the children of The Woodland Nursery are not only are kind and helpful but they are also very good investigators and that is what I really need right now - good investigators. Why is this? Well because the other day while I was checking my treasure and I realised that one of my crowns was missing! I was very sad as that crown has a very special sentimental value - it was a gift from my best friend whilst we were playing in fields around the castle when we were children and it was made by her.
I would be very grateful if you could all help me to find it. But first, you will need some horses to ride on, just like my Household Cavalry do now and similar to the knights of old. I’m sure you can use your excellent craft skills to make them. In the meantime, some of my other friends have promised me that they will find a map with clues on to find my lost crown. Yes, that's right, a treasure map! I will send you all the details next time.
Thank you for your help.
To make the horses the children did the following:
They used a long sock for the head and neck, some leaves to fill the sock, string to tie it in order to give it the shape of the horses head and a long stick for the body. Through this activity we focused on literacy (learning new words like "investigators", "sentimental", "grateful" etc), writing, phonics, as well as working on their fine motor skills (tying knots) and also imaginative play.
Online or in a book, look up The Household Cavalry and knights through the ages and compare the differences with your child.