Children often respond well to what is happening in the news and this was ground-breaking stuff. Actually, I was on my way to a class of Year 5 children and had been thinking about holding a debate on the Loch Ness monster.
I had background information about sightings, including quotes from those who claimed to have seen the monster, as well as visual images that show something with a long neck. Or someone sticking their arm up in the bath.
I was armed with a collection of cards with debating phrases for the children to use. We were going to follow the Loch Ness monster discussion with "Do mermaids exist?" But I seized the moment, "Is there other life in the Universe?" was definitely more topical. It made me wonder if teachers "seize the moment" enough?
Pie Corbett is a literacy consultant