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Nacton school's Great Egg Race

PUBLISHED: 03:20 29 March 2002 | UPDATED: 11:38 03 March 2010

IT was an eggs-traordinary sight – and revived memories of that old TV favourite, The Great Egg Race.

But instead of presenters Lesley Judd and Heinz Wolff, it was head teacher Elizabeth Ditton who was overseeing the efforts of pupils at Nacton primary school as they took part in a special Easter activity.

IT was an eggs-traordinary sight – and revived memories of that old TV favourite, The Great Egg Race.

But instead of presenters Lesley Judd and Heinz Wolff, it was head teacher Elizabeth Ditton who was overseeing the efforts of pupils at Nacton primary school as they took part in a special Easter activity.

This year, instead of designing bonnets, the pupils were challenged to make a vehicle which could transport a chocolate egg, and then to race them.

Children of Years 5 and 6 had a smashing time with the design technology task, which was set for homework, and came up with an amazing array of vehicles

Some had shelled out more than others on the project and designs ranged from a papier mache hen on wheels to sophisticated models constructed from Lego.

There were prizes of big Easter eggs for the designers of the powered and unpowered vehicles which went the furthest in the race as well as for seasonal and original designs.

Mrs Ditton praised the children for their egg-cellent efforts.

"It has been one of the most popular homework tasks set. Especially as the children get to eat the chocolate egg on their vehicle! The range of ideas and designs has been very imaginative with some fantastic designs," she said.

All the school's 87 pupils joined in the fun with a traditional egg hunt at the end of a ground-breaking term for the school.

In a succession of successes, the school football team, in a smart new strip sponsored by the Football Foundation, won the cup in the Federation Football Tournament, while its swimmers won the Kesgrave Pyramid Gala in a joint team with Bucklesham primary.

The school has also become the first in Suffolk to be awarded a grant of £2,500 in the Royal Society Partnership Grant Scheme.

The partnership is with a scientist at BT to develop video conferencing with pupils at Heathside Special School and extend it to Nacton's partner schools in Italy and Sweden comparing data on shadow length.


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