The children of West Hill Primary School in Wandsworth received a real surprise this week as popular Cbeebies magazine character Rastamouse visited the school to oversee a school project on recycling. Spreading the message of ‘Makin’ a Bad Ting Good’ which underpins the message of the magazine, Rastamouse joined pupils in a lesson on recycling rubbish into everyday objects. The celebrity mouse and his team of helpers stayed for a lesson and oversaw the children’s work.
Rastamouse magazine, based on the top CBeebies programme of the same name is a new magazine and the title follows the adventures of Rastamouse and his crime-busting mouse reggae band, The Easy Crew, and is targeted at pre-school boys and girls from the age of four years upwards. The magazine teaches the values of love, understanding and respect and is the only pre-school magazine that encourages children to investigate and solve a mystery. The magazine encourages children to learn about respect, understanding, and to foster self-confidence, through learning important detective skills whilst helping Rastamouse to solve a mystery.
Year 6 Teacher at West Hill Primary School, Laura Malyn said: “We regularly get the children to work on projects such as recycling so that they can understand their impact on the world around them and respect it. Rastamouse is very popular with many of the pupils so it was great that he and the crew could come and help out. I think it’s fantastic that there’s a magazine which promotes the values of respect, love and understanding.”
Rastamouse said: “Mi and Da Crew had a wicked time meetin all dem likkle ones an da grown ups on mi adventure round London. Wi always chattin’ wid Carlton bout makin sure we re-use stuff dat no longer needed an wi had wicked fun helpin all dem kids collect all dat rubbish ta recycle.”
The school visit was part of Rastamouse’s visit to London on Tuesday 19 June where he spread the message of ‘Makin’ a Bad Ting Good’.
Rastamouse magazine is priced at £2.35 and is available at all major retailers and independents around the UK this summer.
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1. Rastamouse, based on the critically acclaimed books by Genevieve Webster and Michael De Souza, launched on CBeebies in January 2011 and has since engaged a following of preschoolers and parents alike. The series features Rastamouse, Scratchy and Zoomer of Da Easy Crew, the mystery-solving, reggae-playing band who always make a bad ting good and live by their motto “redemption, not retribution.”