Politics has dominated the news lately, but the big story at Ladbrooke School was that of poor Mrs Rainbow.

After hearing that our topic this term is 'Colour and Light', Mrs Rainbow agreed to visit the Foundation Stage Unit. However it was all too much for her, and halfway through reading a story about colours, she became upset. The children wanted to know what was wrong and Mrs Rainbow told us that she had received a letter from the council demanding she paint her colourful cottage grey. 

The plight of poor old Mrs Rainbow struck a chord with the kind children in Nursery and Reception and they set to work campaiging on her behalf. The whole class signed a petition to stop the painting, but were disappointed to find that it didn't work. We then tried writing letters, but that didn't work either.

Mrs Rainbow sent us a selfie and we were all horrified to see that it wasn't just her house that had turned grey - Mrs Rainbow's famous pink hair was too.

Not to be defeated, the class made signs and held a protest in the Foundation Stage playground. We sent it to the news companies and were delighted that the story was picked up by some eagle-eyed journalists and the story hit the headlines.

Following the protest, we found out that the council had decided to change their mind and Mrs Rainbow's house was repainted bright yellow again. As a thank you, she sent us some puppets, a doll and a book (with a slightly different ending to the REAL one). We, in return, have written our own version of the story and made it into a class book.

Children in Nursery and Reception at Ladbrooke can now benefit from a fabulous new outdoor environment created especially for them.

Award-winning outdoor play specialists, Cool Canvas, landscaped much of the existing Foundation Stage playground and installed a range of bespoke equipment. These include a brand new texture kitchen, a construction shed, bug hotel, wildflower and grass area (popularly know as our 'meadow') a Secret Garden and, most popular of all, a natural climbing structure complete with rope bridge, balance beam and monkey bars.

News news - read all about it! The Foundation Stage nativity play - Angel Express - was a huge hit with proud parents, grandparents, friends and the rest of the school. After practising very hard, the children in Reception and Nursery pulled off star performances which wowed their families and left the crowd wanting more. The applause was deafening and there was even a tear or two from members of the audience as they were carried away by the emotion of the moment. Well done Foundation Stage - watch out for these faces in future Oscar ceremonies...

Reception and Nursery went on a joint Autumn Walk to Parkfield Open Space. We explored the woods - looking carefully at the many beautiful colours. We also collected leaves, moss and sticks to bring back to the classroom so that we could examine them more closely.

We made mud monster faces on trees using clay and fallen leaves, berries and twigs. They were great fun to make and each one was unique.