29th January 1999 at 00:00
A week in the life of Park Spring School Leeds

A parcel arrives addressed to the children. There is great excitement: what can be inside? Who might have sent it? Once they found a star, another time it was a hat. Today they unwrap a boot, a tall boot which might have been worn by a soldier or a nobleman. For this is no ordinary boot: it comes from the props store at the West Yorkshire Playhouse as part of the theatre's Storymakers project. The children imagine who might own the boot, what might happen to its owner. Early years co-ordinator Carol Meehan and her team enjoy WYP's Storymakers so much that they have drawn up suggestions for other teachers. The children talk and draw. And the stories keep on growing. Then they get down to practicalities and clean some shoes.

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* What's in the box? Olyvia and Matthew with the mystery parcel

* Caretaker Roy Eggenton and Matthew

* Sarah and Matthew get busy with the brush

* Give it some welly: Nicole shows her print

* Bootiful! Hannah with friends and footwear

* Wrapped up: on the way to the library

* Oo-er!assistant Nicole Began

* Crown that: (from left) Sam, Sam, Cruise and Brendan try on their titfers

snaps by early years co-ordinator carol meehan

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