A Morning of Aesop’s Fables

During Monday’s assembly, Upper Prep shared what they have been learning this term.

The pupils first showed off some of their History and Art knowledge, with artwork showing a scene from the War of the Roses as well as rainbows they’d painted by mixing the three primary colours; red, blue, and yellow. The class recited the acrostic ‘Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain’, helping them to remember not only the colours of the rainbow (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet) but also the unfortunate nobleman who  was defeated in the famous war. 

The children also showed off the poppies they wore on their shirts, commemorating Remembrance Day on the 11th of November and Remembrance Sunday on the 13th, to honor those fighting in the wars both now and in the past. Mrs Carter explained that the poppies represent the flowers grown on the battlefields after the First World War.

In Literature, the children have been reading Aesop’s Fables and learning about the famous storyteller Aesop, whose life remains a bit of a mystery but who is believed to be a slave living in Greece over 2,000 years ago. He was given freedom because of his great literacy and storytelling skills. Aesop knew bad behaviour when he saw it and wanted people to behave better. At the end of the fable, Aesop often included a lesson, called the moral of the story. Upper Prep pupils did a wonderful job acting out the following fables, with some very helpful morals!

  • The hare and the tortoise: Slow and steady wins the race
  • The lion and the mouse: You can help even if you are small
  • The wind and the sun: Don’t be boastful
  • The ant and the grasshopper: Don’t be lazy, do your chores on time
  • The boy who cried wolf: Don’t tell lies

Well done to the pupils for working so hard to learn lots of interesting things, and for so ably sharing some of it with their fellow Infants and Juniors.