Real Botham’s-What a Treat!


Today was tremendous from start to finish. The Pioneers took the bus to Whitby to see how a real tea room functions. 

Walking along Skinner Street,we spotted a single black glove. Could this belong to Santa?

We received a fabulous greeting on arrival and we were taken to our table. Every guest was treated to their choice of cake and beverage. Tea was poured very carefully. All the staff came to chat and to tell us about their role in making the wonderful Botham’s work. A real Mr Botham came to tell us about the history of the business and the children shared stories about their families.

As we finished our tea,it was brought to our attention that a letter,tied in green ribbon had been left for us. Could this be another letter from Santa? It was and it told us that he really liked a Lemon Bun.

We had to go to the shop right away and buy one for him. Perhaps he will fly over Sleights tonight to pick it up.

Throughout this visit we were treated so so well and made to feel really special.

The children walked along Skinner Street back to our bus,singing with happy hearts.So much wonderful learning took place.

Thank you so much Botham’s of Whitby 

Go Team Pioneer.

A Christmas Tree is Delivered

The Pioneers set off to go to the Spar to buy a tree for their front door. As they turned the corner they saw before them a beautiful little tree. It had a note attached,tied in green ribbon. One Pioneer spotted something red and white on the side of the tree. On closer inspection it was found to be a hat-Santa’s Hat. The note was from Santa himself and told the children about the tree and left a message to say to look out for his hat as he had lost it. Right at that moment a man all dressed in red walked across the road. He shouted “Ho!Ho!Ho!” We also found a little piece of nibbled carrot.

Quite amazing.

New Bothams (Pioneers Branch)

The role play in the shop has been fantastic. I have heard lots of wonderful customer service conversations beginning with,”Good Afternoon Sir.How can I help you?” many scones with jam and cream have been ordered. I was corrected when I said on bread product was a croissant and told that it was actually a doughnut.

Mrs Botham brought some goodies from the real shop and these will be added to enhance our play.

The clipboards are incredibly popular with everyone filling in order forms,writing menus and ticking off lists. The play will continue and develop next week.

Please pop in to Stay and Play for a cup of tea and a very heavy pretend bread bun.

So much learning

A Visit From Mrs Botham

To extend our work in our class shop,we had a visit from Mrs Botham to do some bread making with us. When I told one of the children that Mrs Botham was coming, his response was,”A real Mrs Botham?”  And she certainly was real. Everyone got stuck in and the end result was some fine,if rather dense bread buns. Each Pioneer took home a Bothams bag and two buns.

A mighty fine day.

Thank you to a real Mrs Botham for her visit.

Where in the World Are We?

This week we have taken a look at Google Earth and Ordnance Survey Maps and  a globe to establish where we are in the world. So many amazing questions came from looking at the globe.

“Where is the sky? “How do you know where the sea is?” Where is Mars?”

We looked at our village to see which shops we had and were very excited to find our school and to move down the road to Bothams. 

We have read some books about journeys including titles by Oliver Jeffers. This has shaped our Role Play this week. So much fun has been had sitting in a large suitcase with an umbrella.