It is fantastic to see the engagement in the classroom which comes from interest in our story of the week in reception. In recent weeks the children have been looking at books about art and colour and we have seen a much higher level of curiosity and creativity in the art area. We have looked at four books in particular which the children have very much enjoyed. Many of the children have been experimenting with shades of colour this week, knowing that adding white makes a lighter shade and adding black makes a darker shade. There have been lots of discussions between the children about the different colours they create. A lovely shade of pink was made by some of the girls and they then began turning their art in to the colour monster from our shared story. The discussion then changed from colour shades to the emotions of the colour monster. There is also a much higher interest in the junk modelling area. We have seen excellent concentration from the children when joining parts of models together with different joining materials.