Hi all, I hope you don't mind me asking for a bit of help and advice, my mind always goes blank when I have to plan under the pressure that the lesson is going to be watched! Anyway, I have to teach a 1 hour creative lesson next week that shows my "out of the box" thinking, which must develop the pupils writing skills through a cross-curricular approach, ucing ICT if appropriate. Hopefully somebody wouldnt mind giving me some help/advice/ideas/criticism on the following... I enjoy science, especially doing experiments with the children and would like to incorpate this to *hopefully* show this as a strength, so to bring in other curricula areas I thought about usings volcanoes as the subject for the lesson and bringing history into it and teaching about Pompeii. I thought I could start by asking what the children know about volcanoes, then to bring in the science element of the lesson I could have a volcano at the front of the class and make it 'erupt' using bicarb and vinegar, in the hope that the children get enthused by the subject of volcanoes! (10-15mins) Then maybe show a short video clip of a real volcano. As I have laptops as an available resource for the children to use in pairs I thought I could get them spending 5-10 minutes researching some pre-prepared questions about pompeii. When the children have done the research get them all back together again to hear the answers to the questions. (10mins) Then give the children 15-20 mins to write a short piece of writing (havent quite thought of the subject for this yet) relating to the researched questions/pompeii - possibly a description of what was happening by someone who was there whilst the eruption took place? Then for plenary ask a child to read out their work to show what they have learnt. I know it's only vague at the minute but any advice would be appreciated!