Autumn approaches

Ever so slowly, as we approach the end of a wet and mild October, the signs of autumn are encroaching upon us.  We are lucky enough to see these signs in our beautiful school environment, as shown in these two pictures taken this morning.

The changing colours of autumn brought to mind a poem (see especially the fourth line) that I have been using with pupils in Years 5 and 6 in my recent Philosophy for Children (P4C) classes this half term.

All the Colours of the Earth

Children come in all the colours of the earth
The roaring browns of bears and soaring eagles,
The whispering golds of late summer grasses,
And crackling russets of falling leaves,
The tinkling pinks of tiny seashells rumbling by the sea.
Children come with hair like bouncy baby lambs,
Or hair that flows like water,
Or hair that curls like sleeping cats in snoozy cat colours.
Children come in all the colours of love,
In endless shades of you and me.
For love comes in cinnamon, walnut and wheat,
Love is amber and ivory and ginger and sweet,
Like caramel and chocolate and the honey of bees,
Dark as leopard spots, light as sand
Children buzz with laughter that kisses our land
With sunlight like butterflies happy and free
Children come in all the colours
of the earth and sky and sea

—Sheila Hamanaka

Enjoy the autumn half term break

Mr R Cunningham

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