This is the tale, of a giant land snail,
Who left nursery one day, leaving only a trail,
And how the grown-ups did worry, and the children did wail,
When they could not find Gary, the giant land snail,
They looked here and there, they searched up and down,
They spotted the slime, but no snail could be found,
Then the children they followed, the silvery track,
And they wished and they wished for their snail to come back,
They hunted the school and out in the yard,
‘Til one of the teachers, showed them a card,
It was Gary! He’d been on adventures galore,
When he’d slid his way out, of the classroom door,
He’d been on the tram, he’d gone to the zoo,
Out in the rain and the water park too!
He’d gone to Skegness and laid in the sun,
Oh Gary the Snail, you have had so much fun!
But the children they worried, he was all alone,
So they thought of a plan, to get their snail home,
Letters were written and even a map,
While some of the children, set up a trap,
They filled it with food, the trap it was set,
A plan to catch Gary and get back our pet,
When all of a sudden, a knock at the door,
And there was our snail, back home once more,
Oh Gary we missed you, don’t go away,
Next time come home, for a holiday!
What have we been learning?
Phew! We’re glad Gary is home. While we hunted for our snail what were we learning?
We talked to lots of new people. Sometimes the children can be shy in front of new people but they spoke to the teachers in school and asked them about Gary.
We did lots of writing. We wrote letters, post cards and posters. We drew pictures of Gary and put up signs.
We learnt to look carefully for clues. We thought of ideas for what might have happened and how we could get Gary back.
We learnt about snails. We learnt how to look after them and what they liked. We looked in books and on the internet to find more information.
We did lots of story telling, thinking of the adventures that Gary might have been on
We did lots of problem-solving. The children designed slides and traps to try and catch Gary.