On the spot

24th September 2004 at 01:00
Lauren Murtagh is a teacher at Coteford Infant School, Pinner, north west London.

We choose a topic each term, and the focus this term was transport. We looked at planes and helicopters in the classroom, and this is a great way to give pupils hands-on experience. Balloons can get overlooked: many children will have been in an aeroplane, but not many will have seen a hot air balloon or been in one.

The model making was easy, but I'm glad we had lots of parent help. It was an activity which was suitable for our age group. With reception, you have to tone it down a bit so that it doesn't go over their heads; older children would appreciate it as well.

We've been taking lots of photos and we'll probably base a literacy session on the day - look at photos and discuss what they liked, what their favourite thing was and what we did.

I'd like more time with the interactive exhibits because there are so many things to do. It was great - the variety, different things to look at, touch and do. I'd definitely return especially with an older class."

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