On the spot

28th April 2006 at 01:00
Tony Cummins, Year 4 teacher, Sir William Burrough Primary School, Tower Hamlets

It was definitely a successful visit. The children were completely involved; it was a good mixture of activities. The lightning experiment was particularly useful as we haven't got that kind of equipment at the school and the pupils love anything to do with electricity.

The actress who played Polly Hewson was very good. It was wonderful how she stayed in role even when the children were asking all sorts of questions.

We are following the international primary curriculum and are covering Benjamin Franklin in the cross-curricular module "People who made a difference". Science, history and geography were all there. It's good for pupils to see where Franklin lived and where he conducted some of his experiments - they can live and feel it.

Later in the week a member of the education staff is going to come to the school with a "travelling suitcase" to do some practical science experiments which will further reinforce the scientific content.

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