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Mr Hirsch and the Year 4's at New Bewerley

What a great day at New Bewerley with Mr Hirsch, Miss Head and the Year Fours. We met a Granny who cleaned her nose with a toothbrush and one who could chew her own toenails!! Recipes for Granny included Brocolli Icecream with an asparagus flake - yum! When Charlie and Rhys found out they were going to Granny's house for the weekend, Charlie fell to her knees to beg and plead but it didn't make any difference...off they went. After a heated discussion between the Ferrish, we decided to rescue Granny from the Worzlum and to try and persuade Teazle that living Uptop wouldn't really that bad - especially with Elland Road to visit! It was a really exciting and creative day and we can't wait to see you all next Wednesday for more adventures in Granny's Underground Garden.... 


Thankyou very much for coming to new bewerly . I really enjoyed Granny's under ground garden act. My favorite part was when me and Khadijah acted as the dying swan, it was very funny and realistic. We will miss you and hope you come back soon.

You were AMAZING dying swans - Madame Esmerelda was most impressed!

thank you for coming to new bewerley. I really liked the bit were we made the potion it tastid nice i made 1 at home with cola, banana milk shake , lucazad and blue berrys is tastid yuke!!!!!!

thank you we really liked when we drank the poition and grannrdy weaed acsent she is the bast hope you come back

Hoorah! Mr Hirsch remembered to get you all on the blog!! We had a such a good time at New Bewerley - and really look forward to seeing you all again. Have you discovered the potion to make your teacher's face turn blue?

Thankyou very much for coming to newberly. I really enjoyed granny's underground - garden act. my favorite part was when me and Levi acted as Rhys and charlie having an argument for who broke the foutain. hope you come back soon .

Thank you for coming to new bewerley. liked the hole story but we most liked when we dranked the potion.We thort of are own recipe banana milk shacke cola blue berrys it tastid yuke. We olso liked when we had a fought with the boy's and we liked the bit when we did bala.

Thankyou very much for coming to New Bewerley.I really enjoyed Granny's Underground Garden.My favorite part was when we were dancing the ballet!

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Day One at New Bewerley

The final two weeks of Granny's Underground Garden kicked off today with our first visit to New Bewerley School, Beeston. We are in New Bewerley three times this week and next - which is fantastic - it will give us a chance to really work with the staff and children and take root a bit....so watch out NB... We began our marathon with the wonderful Year 3 who made us welcome from the minute we stumbled into their classroom with our strange case. The morning began with a wonderful punishment for Charlotte and Alicia - who had to spend the whole weekend at their Headteacher's cleaning her house from top to bottom - with a toothbrush! Recipes for Granny included Beetroot and Mint Icecream - which some of the staff quite fancied. We then met a burping Granny, a falling over Granny and a dancing Granny - what a collection. And Baron Overblow knew how to stomp a bit!!
My favourite bit of the day, however, was the creation of the Ferrish village. We had workers who dug holes, sculpted rocks, put out volcanoes and caught fish - the school and the market place were full of Ferrish wonders. Great work! 
We are really looking forward to more next Monday. And don't forget Year 3 - keep those lips zipped - both ways!!

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New Easter Recipes

The Alive and Kicking crew have been off on their Easter break -but it look like some people have been busy - dreaming up new recipes for Granny's Cookbook. Have a look on the Children's Pages and follow the link for Granny's Underground Garden for some amazing new concoctions including Mint Icecream with Pea Sprinkles, Sproutberry Trifle and Cauliflour Chocolate Brownies. Granny has invited Rhys and Charlotte over for Easter Sunday dinner - and is planning to try some of these out! 

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A short pause

Wheeeee it's nearly Easter so no more blogs from me for a couple of weeks unless ...... 

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Back to Ash Tree, with the Peacocks (not Pheasants! thanks Dylan) this time

The arguments between Charlie and Rhys really took off today.  Year 4 didn't just listen to each other respond brilliantly they also did some great acting.  Really believable. 
The same was true for the old lady in Granny's story.  Her voice was so wobbly she could have been at least a hundred.
With regard to the Worzlum pictures, one of our artistic geniuses saw fit to label the fangs on his picture with: Can tell tooth paste has never been seen on his shopping list!
See you next Thursday Peacocks!
Luke and Carry


It's peacock not pheasant!!!!!

oops! sometimes hard to tell a female pheasant from a male peacock!!

ide like to be a pheasant???

thanks for e-mailing luke and carry!!!

are you going to change it or what?!



Hello Im the one that spilt the posion on the table on thursday and i was the old granny. I realy liked everything. my favorite part was the posion part with the worzlum ille be writing an underground story in our class lolxxxx.

Ive come up with some good recipes for grannys cook book. This ones called crumage its got cabbage on top of the crumble and sprout juice at the bottom. dicusting!!!.And an ice-cream called ice-ion itsgot a onion flake and chocolate buttons that are horse poo and at the botton theres mash patato and carrot syrup on top. the cone is made out of onion and has olives and cucumber inside.ontop bogie flakes for sprinkles GROSE!!! And i realy injoyed your drama i did a good old granny didnt i. tell me what was your favorite part and tell me why i loved it hope you come back again PLEASE!!!!!!! lol bye!!!

Alive And Kicking was soooooooooooooooooooooooooo fun and the best thing is NO LESSONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Bramley St Peter's get a load of Granny

Stomp, stomp, stomp!  I can honestly say we've never had such a stompy Baron Overblow yet.  What a stomper, the whole Gym shook. 
The rumours flew like wild fire around Wyrmslow village as the Worzlum grew to be ferociously big.  It really was the creepiest story by Granny.  Not least because, as one year three pupil pointed out, Carry's hair looked like she'd had an electric shock!  Tee hee. - That's Luke sniggering.
Looking forward to Tuesday St Peter's.  Keep up the good work.
Carry and Luke

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From the Alive And Kicking Office Desk

And here we are, fingers poised, telephone silent at the moment, hooray, and in front of me the schedule for Granny's Underground Garden which only has two slots left before Easter.
So I'm mixing up some of Granny's potion, thinking of a spell Grimknickers might help with if she ever gets into a good mood, and looking for the courage Gwyneth had when she faced the unicorn.
Then I'll ring Ash Tree Primary School - no courage really needed - they are delightful!!!!


please please please can you come back to hob moor primary school we all love you you are great if you can come back can it be this year because we leave next year please XD xxxxxxxxxxxxxx !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hi Sophie and Megan Hope you are having a great half term. The good news is - We WILL return to Hobmoor before you leave. We will be bringing our new project, the Museum of Untold Stories to the whole school in the Summer term - so will definitely work with you guys then. We can't wait - you are such crackers!! Meanwhile, keep writing stories. and dreaming dreams. Carry

Yay! I've been wanting you to come back sooo much :]

How is Reece spellt,Rhys or Reece!

Rhys ( the Welsh way I think...) Where does the name 'Artemiy' come from and what does it mean?

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Granny goes to Seven Hills Primary School

Carry and Luke want to say a big thank you to Year 4 at Seven Hills.  We've seen and done it all today, from dancing Granny's telling their gandchildren if they, "don't like it they can go to bed!"  to some brilliant ballet in Madam Esmerallda's dance class.  The dance of the dying swan was exquisite.  All of this AND the class managed to produce an entire book of Granny's recipes in the ten minutes before lunch!  Granny was very proud.   Can't wait to see you all again this coming Tuesday.  We imagine we will be met by some fairly fearsome pictures of the Worzlum.

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the Meadowfield Oaks

So, the Year Fours at Meadowfield reckoned that the old case contained a skull, dressing up clothes and a magical book that could fly into the air...amazing guesses..and the day grew from there. It was FAB! Recipes for Granny included a Cabbage Rolypoly and Icecream with a secret carrot cone. Baron Overblow stomped around the village - stomp, stomp, stomp - and meant it...the villagers really were in fear and trembling. At the meeting to decide whether to rescue Granny, nearly every Ferrish had their say - Teazle had a couple of loyal supporters - but the outcome is..We're off to Wyrm Island. 
The Oaks began to prepare amazing pictures of the Worzlum and to think of some really good words to persuade Teazle that life up top is not so bad. Some fantastic thinking already happening about how all of us are different and we must try to accept it. Teazle would be impressed..Good Luck!
Looking forward to hearing whether your Headteacher liked your new recipes...and seeing you all next week.
Way Haul Away!
Luke and Carry


We loved it today, we hope we have as much fun next Tuesday, We're sure we will!!!! Lots of love, The Ferrish of Oak Class.

Hey Oak Class - see you all tomorrow. We really look forward to having a look at your Worzlums and discovering if you have the words we need to persuade Teazle - fingers crossed... Luke and Carry

Hi Luke & Carry! We can't wait to see you tomorrow to continue our adventure! We have designed some amazing Worzlums - very scary indeed! We hope you enjoy reading our letters Teazle too! See you soon 4JW

Dear Carry and Luke, My favourite part of Grannies Underground Garden was when Rhys and Charlotte went into the labrynth of petrefirified people.I thougth it was amazing because it was creepy.Because all of the statues stared at them.Thank you

Dear Carry and Luke, I really enjoyed the drama that you did with our class. I thought it was all really exciting and interesting. The part I enjoyed was when everybody boogied when they made the potion because it was very interesting. I hop eyou can come back to our school very soon!

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All aboard at Shire Oak

Monday morning brought Granny bursting into Shire Oak Primary, Headingley where some fantastic Ferrish were on board. The hall buzzed with excitement, Madame Esmerelda was delighted to meet some boys who could really dance ballet and the Granny had her windows polished and weeding done to a very high standard - not to mention watering the Purple Pansy...
All the Ferrish finally agreed at the meeting to risk their lives and sail acrosss the stormy seas to rescue Granny from the Worzlum...find out what happens next week. 
Meanhile, see the children's pages for some fantastic recipes already posted including Brussel Sprout lollipops - Granny will be making them for tea tonight! And Carry is busy investigating where the name 'Ferrish' came from and will report back soon....


Thank you for coming in on Monday. We're really looking forward to next week- we even enjoyed the medicine! We really liked Granny's scary story and this week we've started to write our own. We might have some more recipes ready for Granny by next Monday, too.

it was really fun i hope next week is as fun as this week

Thanks for the question Ethan. Ferris is an old Manx word (from the Isle of Man) for a being like a celtic faery but with even more attitude...

Thank you for coming on Monday. I can't wait for Monday. I've got some new recipes. Cabbage lollipops and lemon drizzle cake with sprouts.

Was it hard to think of the story and act it out?I rearly want it to be the same this time!Did you think of the sea song or did you already know it?

The sea song or shanty or chantey [you can spell it both ways] that you are asking about, Artemiy, is a mixture of an old song called "Haul Away, Joe" that sailors used to sing while they were pulling on the ropes in wooden ships plus some new words I made up. Here's the song. See if you can work out what is original and what I have added. Martin Riley "For seven days and seven nights we've labored to exhaustion. Way haul away. We’ll, haul away, o. But now the breeze is from the East. We'll race across the ocean. Way haul away. Well, haul away, o. Way haul away. We're bound for better weather. ' Way haul away. We’ll, haul away, o. The Worzlum came down here and drove Us all to destitution, Way haul, away. We’ll haul away, o. But one quick squirt with Granny’s spray Will spoil his constitut-i-on. Way haul, away. We’ll haul away, o. Way haul away. We're bound for better weather. Way haul away. We’ll, haul away, o."

I think it is the chorus am I right?

I wish you could come back to shire oak. Way haul , away. We'll haul away ,o.

How do you make grannys potion because I have some Ferrish?

Hi Jonas Thanks for your questions. Now then, I reckon you all know how to write a spell now...but here are some tips.. The second line is the most important - that where you say what you want to happen. The first line can seem like nonsense (but of course a spell never is!) but has to rhyme with the first line. The third line describes the second line - giving more detail on what you want to happen. And the last line is a command... For example: 1. Winky Pinky Oinky Ink....... 2. Turn my teachers face bright pink..... 3. Pink as the sky at the end of the day...... 4. Make me a potion right away!!...... As for the ingredients of the potion - well that depends on what you want it to do. But they are normally the kind of things that Granny would approve of. You know the type!! Good luck - let us know if you come up with some good potion recipes or spells.....

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