Mike causes a buzz
IN THE classic horror film The Fly, a mad scientist turns into a humaninsect hybrid when an experiment goes horribly wrong.
But pupils from schools across Hillingdon met an altogether friendlier winged man during a science workshop.
Author Mike Barfield got children buzzing at Colham Manor Primary School, in Uxbridge, by dressing as a giant fly.
The event was also attended by pupils from Hillingdon Primary School, in Uxbridge Road, Hillingdon, as well as Rabbsfarm Primary School, in Gordon Road, Yiewsley, and Charville Primary School, in Bury Avenue, Hayes.
Th writer, who has published a book entitled SWAT! A Fly’s Guide to Staying Alive, told the years one and two pupils how scientists identify and study insects. The children also got the chance to examine models of different insect species, make their own models of flies, and sing songs to help them learn insect body parts.
Jason Stainer, assistant head teacher for inclusion at the school in Violet Avenue, said the day was a ‘huge success’.
He added: “The children were captivated by all the activities and particularly fascinated by the ‘human-sized fly’, which really brought to life their understanding of insects, especially when Mike demonstrated how if he was a fly he would check out food with his feet as this is where his taste buds would be.”
The school decided to hold its first Able Science Day, working with the company Authors Abroad, after the success of similar events for maths and English.
Mr Stainer said: “It provides a uniquely valuable opportunity for the most able pupils to work together with other able pupils from a range of schools.
“The children always leave the events inspired and challenged.”
n FLYING VISIT: Mike Barfield with Colham Manor pupils