16:09 Monday 02 December 2013

Unique nursery nativity includes real animals

Written byJOANNA CRAIG

CHILDREN at a Uttoxeter nursery performed an interactive nativity with real animals during a Yuletide trip to an adventure farm.

Smallwood Manor Nursery children performed their nativity play with a difference in a festive day out to the National Forest Adventure Farm.

The trip was arranged by nursery manager Helen Griffith, who was keen to introduce nursery pupils to the concept of the Nativity in an innovative manner.

She said: “Our teaching is based on learning through play to ensure that activities engage, stimulate and challenge youngsters – and the Adventure Farm offered exactly the right environment to achieve that.”

The Adventure Farm provided the children who are aged two to four – with a variety of themed costumes relevant to the Nativity story, such as kings, angels and shepherds.

A storyteller recounted the tale of Jesus’ birth and, at the appropriate moment, each group of children would be invited to perform with real animals: for example, the ‘shepherds’ joined with sheep from the farm.

Other participating animals included a cow, a donkey and goats.

After the Nativity performance, the children met Santa in his grotto to tell him what they wanted for Christmas, and Santa presented each child with an early Christmas gift.

The morning was rounded off with a Christmas lunch.

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