1st June 2001 at 01:00
* A dinner lady told me that a Year 1 boy in my class wasn't eating his packed lunch and hadn't done for a few days. I asked him the usual questions. "Don't you like ham rolls?" "Have you got tummy ache?" "Why aren't you eating your lunch?" His eyes welled up and in a sincere voice he said: "I just don't want to grow up."


* Working with a Year 5 class, I was asked if I knew the "police alphabet". The group on that table knew some of the letters - A = Alpha, F = Foxtrt, T = Tango - from watching episodes of The Bill, but didn't know the whole alphabet. "OK..." I said, "A = alpha, B = bravo, C = charlie, D = " "Dimmock," yelled one bright spark.


* When teaching my Year 6 class about food chains, we debated whether tadpoles were herbivores or not. I pointed out that they sometimes ate each other and asked: "What do you call it when an animal eats one of its own kind?" One hand shot up: "A traitor."


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