20th October 2000 at 01:00
* "The angel came to Joseph," said the teacher, "and told him to take the young child and his mother, and flee to Egypt. I'd like you to paint a picture of their flight."

Jamie's painting showed blue sky above a yellow desert. In the sky was a plane. In its cockpit were four people and a black squiggle.

Miss Dunn was puzzled.

"Why are they in an aeroplane?" "For the flight to Egypt, Miss."

"Who are these three people?" "That's Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus, iss."

"And what's this black thing?" "That's the flea, Miss. You said Joseph had to take Jesus, Mary and flea to Egypt."

"I see. And who is this other person flying the plane?" "Pontius the Pilate," said Jamie proudly.


* While teaching a Year 7 class, a pupil came up to me waving a blank sheet of A4 paper. "Please Miss," she said. "This is the last piece of plain A4 paper in the drawer. Shall I go and photocopy some more?" GILL MARSDEN

Subscribe to get access to the content on this page.

If you are already a Tes/ Tes Scotland subscriber please log in with your username or email address to get full access to our back issues, CPD library and membership plus page.

Not a subscriber? Find out more about our subscription offers.
Subscribe now
Existing subscriber?
Enter subscription number


The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.

Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.

Subscribe now