Last week in Mckee class we were fortunate enough to have some of the children's parents join us after our assembly. Whilst in the classroom many noticed our role play area and one dad in particular commented on it. He also happened to own a big red bus! (An RT1206 to be precise.)
The day was set and today Carle, McKee and Inkpen were able to hop on board and experience sitting in a bus that was built in 1949.
We had made our own tickets and H was ready as our ticket collector, but the bus owner also had a ticket machine and some of us were able to purchase real tickets.
The children loved going on the bus and were amazed at how big the wheels were, they were surprised that Mrs Matthews knew how to ring the bell and what the mirrors on the stairs were for. It was also surprising that the floor was made of wood.
|Wow, we are so high up|
|Steep stairs and a magic mirror!|
|How big are the wheels?|
|I wonder where Chigwell is, Mrs Matthews did not mention there!|
|Where did the door go?|
|and off we go!|
They loved looking under the bus, around the bus, climbing the steep and windy stairs and wondered where the door at the back was. They laughed when Mrs Matthews told them she used to go to school on a very similar bus and that some of her children's books at home, still offer up the tickets which were placed as bookmarks on journeys long ago.
Thank you so much to the RT1206 preservation group, we loved your bus and wish we could have stayed longer, especially Mrs Matthews who was reminded of being little again!