Hey Lovelies,

Sorry I haven’t been active on here for a while.  It’s the week before the Easter Holidays here and, as any teacher will tell you, the couple of weeks before a holiday are some of the most exhausting.  That, along with my arthrtis has really meant that my energy levels have been sitting at about zero.  You know the spoon theory, well I have had about 1 spoon a day so I’ve been doing a lot of borrowing to help through the working week, with a lot of sleeping at the weekends.

In Scotland (and possibly the U.K.) we use the positive behaviour reward system of Golden Time, where the children will get some time to doing something craft related, or ICT or get to play a game outside.  Recently in my class we decided to take up the Lip Sync Battle Challenge and it has been amazing.  A lot of the tunes they’ve chosen have been from The Greatest Showman and one on Friday blew me away with two children doing an amazing ‘Lip Sync’ to The Otherside – the song sung by Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron.  Honestly, I wish I had filmed it – they definitely did themselves proud.

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I don’t know if you have seen The Greatest Showman but I have seen it a couple of times and I really enjoyed it.  It’s a very uplifting movie, albeit based on quite a harrowing true story.  For those who don’t know it’s based on the life of P.T. Barnum, the man who founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus (1871.)  What started as a museum eventually became an attraction of a variety of acts and a menagerie of animals.  Two of his most famous acts were the Feejee Mermaid and Tom Thumb.  In the movie Tom Thumb is shown as being an adult but in real life he was actually about four-years old when Barnum added him to his acts.  Barnum made sure that this wasn’t well known and said that Tom Thumb was 11, because that, of course, was okay!  In the movie, we see the troup visit Queen Victoria, who is impressed by Tom Thumb, he makes her laugh.  Again some of this did happen in real life and it allowed Barnum to expand his ’empire.’  By 1846 he was apparently drawing in 400,000 visitors a year (Kunhardt, Philip B., Jr.; Kunhardt, Philip B., III; Kunhardt, Peter W. (1995). P.T. Barnum: America’s Greatest Showman. Alfred A. Knopf. ISBN 0-679-43574-3.)

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There are plenty of other things in The Greatest Showman which are fallacy, however – can you imagine how boring/horrifying the movie would’ve been if they had told the true story.  Anyway, I’m off to listen to the soundtrack.  See you soon lovelies.

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