#NPATEK Questions for Miles Connelly

Yesterday we watched a clip about behind the scenes of the Enchanted Kingdom, specifically focusing on recording of the elephants. After watching the short clip, the children came up with some questions to ask Myles Connolly (the producer of Enchanted Kingdom), who we are going to Skype on Friday as a whole school. He will answer some of these questions that the children came up with.
Below are the questions that the children came up with: 
Was it scary filming the elephants that close? (Tilly) 
Do they do the action first and then put it on a phone or tablet? (ryean) 
How much water did you have to drink and pour on yourselves to stay cool

 When recording the elephants? (Morgan) 
How did you put all the realms together and why did you choose the chosen seven realms? (Glen)
How many days did it take to record the elephants part of the film? (Emily G) 
How did they attach the camera to the car to record the elephants? (Lilly) 
How many days did it take to make the whole film? (Jacob) 
How many workers were there to record the elephants? (Violet) 
How many elephants do you think you saw? (Charlie) 
Was the film only filmed in Africa? (Spencer) 
Super questions about the recording of the elephants, well done reception. 

#NPATEK Reception African workshops

We have had some very exciting workshop sessions to learn about Africa. On Monday Reception had an African drumming workshop where we learnt about the drums and how to drum a rhythm. We also learnt how to make the music tell a story with fast drumming for dancing, keeping a beat for foot steps and scratching the drum skin for birds flying. We had great fun racing each other playing a rhythm down lots of drums – even the grown ups were competitive! (See Russell the Explorer from the film ‘Up’ – aka Miss Birch in the photos).
   Later in the day we had an African story telling workshop. The visitors told us two African tales and we learnt about a moral to a story. We were also shown different African artefacts. We compared a school bag that African children may use to our explorer backpacks.

 Today some of the Year 5 children worked with Simba class to do some story whooshes (drama technique) with African tales. The Reception children loved working with the older children and the Year 5 were very professional in their teaching! After the session, the Year 5 children asked the Reception children to evaluate session. Some children said they enjoyed using the props, doing the colouring, joining in with the story and playing the games. We also had another workshop with the year five children who taught us all about the animals in Africa, we learnt that there are only 3 white rhinos left I’m Africa, the different animals that live in Africa and why some of them are endangered. 

       The children listened and joined in really well within all of the workshops, well done Simba class.