This week we held our second preparatory session at Pakefield Primary School, getting the group of nine pupils ready to meet residents at Hildesley Court.
Their first job was to paint their Lowestoft Folk Story Bags – using rollers, dabbers and copious amounts of brightly coloured acrylic paint – and they managed to do it without getting a single, solitary drop of the indelible paint on their clothes; brilliant.
The children have been thinking about open questions and what they might ask the residents when they meet them for the first time, next week. The second part of the session was spent creating personalised fortune tellers, each containing eight questions about favourite hobbies, things they made or collected – and what it was like for the residents, growing up.
The fortune tellers were decorated using Sharpies – and again, the children successfully decorated their ‘snappers’ without getting a single, solitary drop of the indelible ink on their clothes; double brilliant.
Talking of ink … it was only yesterday that I learnt that the pupils at Pakefield do not use Biro, but ink pens, for all their writing. As a fan myself, I was delighted to hear this, and asked the children if they had a favourite word they liked to write in ink.
“Listen,” one lad responded instantly, and demonstrated by writing in the air. “I love writing the word ‘listen’ in ink, I like how the ‘l’ goes up and then swoops down to the ‘i’ and then carries on with the other letters.”
We’ll be doing a lot of listening over the coming weeks. We’ll also be doing a lot of talking, writing and making things, as we get together to explore Lowestoft folk stories, traditions and art; whether we can retain our spotless record for not getting ink or paint on our clothes remains to be seen.