PICTURE GALLERY: Costessey Junior School pupils ‘take-off’ in their school hall

These youngsters are flying high after turning their school hall into an airport complete with a departure lounge, security gates and a plane.

Dressed as pilots and air hostesses teachers at Costessey Junior School transformed their hall yesterday and 'jetted' pupils off to far-flung corners of the globe to help them learn languages.

Every class at the Three Mile Lane school boarded fake flights and travelled to a different country to sample their culture.

Using equipment donated by Norwich Airport including a life jacket and seat belt they recreated flying with plane noises and slides of the sky on a big screen.

Languages co-ordinator Katie Walsh, who organised the day, said: 'We wanted to do something a bit different and it is really nice because some of the children have never been on planes.'


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The children picked which country they wanted to go to and packed their bags last night.

Jay Hydon, 8, said: 'I've packed a frisbee, a teddy and binoculars to see if the creatures are different from our country.'

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And Harry Haverson, 7, said: 'We voted to got to Italy because our friend is from there.'

When they arrived at their 'destinations' the children sampled dishes from the country and learned phrases with the help of volunteers from the UEA and parents.

Deputy head Katie Cocks added: 'It is a brilliant opportunity for children to learn about other cultures in a fun and exciting way. The staff are loving it as much as the children.'

Food was donated by Yo Sushi for those students who chose Japan while other classes flew off to China, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, Greece and Poland.

•Do you have an education story for the Evening News? Contact reporter Victoria Leggett on 01603772468 or email victoria.leggett@archant.co.uk

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