Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Hark the Heralds!

Today's hands on history day for our HE support group covered the subject of Heraldry.

Our historian explained the background, the rules and the reasons behind coats of arms and heraldic designs, drawing parallels to today's football colours.

Each child then created their own coat of arms, with some wonderful results! Some were beautifully within the concept of heraldry, whilst others were a great reflection upon the child's interest. We had shields for football teams, one for a love-struck Harry Potter fan (or rather, a fan of the young gentleman who plays HP in the films!), and ones full of bright colours.

At the end of the day we gave our historian Christmas cards and gifts from some of the familes who have benefited from his experience over the past 6 weeks.

As each child finished their design, they had the chance to go to the house of another group member for some Christmas crafts, enjoying sewing Christmas stockings and cards.

All in all, a lovely, group day. When people ask us how our children socialise, today is such a day that springs to mind. How else would 11 children, between the ages of 3 and 15, get a chance to have such fun together in such a postive and safe environment?

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