And today’s lesson is all about making magical potions...

MAGIC From left, Mamoor Rahman, Romy Wall, Imogen Teal and Louis Marsh.  Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113872-1)
MAGIC From left, Mamoor Rahman, Romy Wall, Imogen Teal and Louis Marsh. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (113872-1)

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CHILDREN faced a very different first day back at school when they were treated to classes in potions, care of magical creatures and herbology.

A special Harry Potter day was held at St George’s Beneficial Church of England Primary School, Hanover Street, Portsea, to celebrate the school getting a new art room and playground equipment.

Work costing £25,000 has been carried out to develop a play area for foundation stage pupils which includes a wooden dragon – the inspiration for the wizard theme.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held yesterday, before the day got under way.

Headteacher Sandra Gibb said: ‘The pupils wanted to celebrate having the dragon and so I came up with the Harry Potter theme to tie in with this. The children took to it well and some of their costumes were fantastic.

‘Learning like this is highly motivational for pupils.’

The new play area includes a covered art room area, complete with easels, a storytelling corner, a blackboard and an alphabet snake.

It is hoped the dragon, which includes a section for flowers to be planted inside, will provide inspiration for children.

In keeping with the theme, maths lessons were substituted for Gringott’s Fiscal Prudence, drama for Transfiguration, science for Potions and literacy for Myrtle’s Media Studies.

Year two pupil Ella Gardiner, six, said she enjoyed making a dream potion.

She said: ‘We made a dream potion using olive oil, water and glitter.

‘My dream was that I was a caterpillar and then I turned into a flower.

‘I had a fun day because I like Harry Potter, I dressed like Hermione because she is my favourite.’