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As many of you are probably aware Michael Bond and Stephen Fry are visiting Paddington in Peru. He will then return with them for a long holiday in the UK touring British schools.

If you are lucky enough to have Paddington visit you here is a nice integrated ICT activity for you to do. If Paddington isn't visiting I'm sure one of your pupils will have a friendly bear prepared to be a "stand-in".

  1. Using Inventa and the Inventa's workshop cards "Soapbox Derby" create a chariot for Paddington to ride in that can be hitched (suction hook) to a Roamer horse.

  2. Program the Roamer horse to take Paddington on a tour of the school.
  3. Whilst Paddington is touring the school he can carry with him the SenSci Datalogger with the plug-in sensor module attached.

  4. When Paddington returns to the classroom after his journey download the readings into the computer for analysis.

  5. Using the readings as a guide the children can then invent a journey for Paddington. Perhaps he was attacked by a dragon as the temperature reading went up. Did it get noisy? Perhaps he joined in with a trolls party. As it got darker perhaps he was exploring deep in a cave. Their imaginations can run riot, but must follow the data.

  6. Or you could be more prosaic and just describe the journey - the temperature went up as the Chariot went past the radiator, he then turned the corner into Mrs Mitchell's classroom and bright sunlight was steaming in the window.

If you have any suggestions for Topical Topics that you would like to see ideas for or, even better, have a Topical Topic that has worked well with you class and you could share with other teachers please do contact us.

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