Professor Cranium heads all-star cast for wacky lessons

DRESSED UP Assistant headteacher James Willis as Professor Cranium with Rachel Empson

DRESSED UP Assistant headteacher James Willis as Professor Cranium with Rachel Empson

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A WACKY professor led a band of eccentric characters to put on an exciting day of science, maths and English challenges for dozens of infants.

The event was made possible by sporting teachers at Crookhorn College of Technology in Waterlooville, who dressed up as computer game heroes Mario and Luigi, plus Willy Wonka and his Oompa Loompas, Batman and Spiderman and a mad scientist called Professor Cranium.

CLASS From left, teacher Sean Russell with pupils Rhys Colley, Keiran Boyd, Heather Layton, Emma McQuiston, Ellie Coker, teacher Anthony Campbell and, back, 'Professor Cranium'

CLASS From left, teacher Sean Russell with pupils Rhys Colley, Keiran Boyd, Heather Layton, Emma McQuiston, Ellie Coker, teacher Anthony Campbell and, back, 'Professor Cranium'

Each of these personalities delivered competitions in science, maths and English for teams of six and seven-year-olds from Queens Inclosure Primary, Waite End Primary, Stakes Hill Infants and Purbrook Infants. Challenges ranged from tricky word games to mathematical conundrums and experimenting with Wonka’s favourite substance – chocolate.

Daisy Joines, seven, from Queens Inclosure, whose team took the overall prize, said: ‘I had so much fun and learned lots of interesting things. It was quite different to be taught by characters from books and comics, even though we knew there were teachers behind the disguises.

‘My favourite subject is English so I really enjoyed the English challenges where you had to find girls’ names for each letter of the alphabet and make words out of a random set of letters in under a minute.

‘I’m happy we came first. Our team worked really well together and we were quite competitive.’

Lauren Rainer, seven, on the same team, added: ‘My favourite character was Willy Wonka who taught me about how bad sugar is for your teeth, and that butter melts faster than chocolate and candle wax.

‘Some of the challenges were quite tough but I’d love to do it again.’

James Willis. assistant head at Crookhorn who played Professor Cranium, said: ‘This is all about engaging children in a different environment, with a focus on fun and learning.

‘I’m confident it was as memorable for the youngsters as it was for us!’

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