Children who have been studying lesson plans, created by a Nottingham teacher to help pupils learn about the coming of the tram, will enjoy a reward for their efforts when a tram comes to visit their school in The Meadows at the official launch of the lesson plans tomorrow (Thursday).
Pupils from Welbeck Primary and Nursery School will get the chance to explore a new Citadis tram.
It will parked at a tram stop close by on the new NET Phase Two line as the climax of a school project in which they have been studying specially-written lesson plans that have been sent to schools along the new tram routes.
The lesson plans, which are available online to all city and county schools, tie in with the broader curriculum and were created by Nottingham teacher and Specialist Leader in Education Samuel Mensah.
They are designed to help keep children safe around the trams now being tested in their neighbourhoods and to support other lessons including geography, local history and science. They include information on using the tram, how it is built, the physics behind it and tram travel in the past.
Councillor Jane Urquhart said: “We wanted to make these useful lessons about the tram a stimulus for learning that takes in a whole range of subjects.
“I hope that getting the chance to explore the tram will ignite the children’s interest and bring the lesson plans to life. And when passenger services start running through the area, they will not only provide quick, easy, sustainable transport but will also contribute to the redevelopment of The Meadows.”
Assistant head teacher at Welbeck Primary and Nursery School, Kayleigh Weatherall, said: “It’s great for the children to see the tram up close and be a part of the project.
“The children have watched the developments taking place right outside school so it was necessary to involve them in this change to their community and re-promote road safety awareness.
“The lesson plans were an ideal resource for use across our Key Stage 2 year groups to raise awareness of trams and Nottingham’s tram history, as we draw closer to trams running regularly for passengers in our area.
“The pupils have produced some great work using the resource pack which also led to further art, design and Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) activities to display in the school hall.”
Lesson plans author, Samuel Mensah, added: “I wanted the pack to reflect the massive economic and cultural impact that the tram has had on Nottingham.
“I have tried to ensure pupils will understand why we have the tram, how it works, the science behind it, where it goes and the positive impact it has on life in Nottingham.
“I wanted the pack to be teacher-friendly, with clear links to the new National Curriculum. I want the children to enjoy doing the tasks and to make them think about different issues.”
The lesson plans can be downloaded at www.thetram.net/schools.