Sample of Feedback from West Country Schools
Enjoyed by the whole school and staff!
Children were enthralled and their teachers have noticed that the pupils
have really taken to heart his message about questions. The children are
using his ideas to make connections and to refine their questioning
techniques. The follow up ideas he gave us were excellent. Now all we
have to do is answer all their questions………. why don’t dogs meow and
cats bark? Thanks Mike!
Judi Gough, St Cuthbert's
Junior School, Wells
We had Mike in to perform his show to the
whole school as a part of our maths and science week. His performance
was fantastic, and the mix of science and humour perfect for the whole
primary age range. It was an excellent way to enthuse the children about
science. I would highly recommend “Footprints in the Sky”.
Nick Rice, Greenford Primary,
"I just wanted to let you
know that the kids loved this afternoon and the feedback from staff has
been really positive"
Sarah Price, Science Coordinator, Wilcombe Primary, Devon
"It was so good to see the children
smiling and laughing and it really did get the point across about asking
questions, being enquiring etc. You were a brilliant launch for the week!
Wilcombe Primary School
“Super show which the children fully enjoyed. It had fun,
laughter, the wow factor, and plenty of things to make the children think!
Barwick and Stoford Community Primary School, Yeovil
"Thank you so much for a
very enjoyable visit. The children were captivated by your performance and
their scientific experience was enhanced by some funny and thought
provoking concepts. The staff thoroughly enjoyed the performance and
everyone has said how brilliant the performance was - one of the best
Since your visit the
children have been noticeably more confident at asking questions. the
follow up work was useful, and I particularly liked the idea of a book of
"The performance was a
great addition to our Science and Technology celebrations and made the
children really sit up and think about how the world works, whilst really
entertaining them. Many enjoyed creating a book of questions after the
show. Many thanks for coming in we really enjoyed it."
Lucy Brown, Ottery St
Mary primary, Devon
"The Themes of the show
moved very smoothly from one area of science to another with no gaps. The
attention of all the children was held throughout the performance. There
was a good balance of science learning and fun. Many thanks for an
St Gregory's Primary
School, Marnhull, Dorset
"...The teacher observed
some improved questioning skills by the children and this inspired a class
display that very afternoon and changed the way we approached the start of
our forces topic ... the show was excellent covering a wide range of
science topics ... thoroughly enjoyed - the message came over loud and
clear to all ages ...a great show which has prompted a lot of scientific
questions in our class. We are making a big book of questions"
Several teachers from
Feniton Primary School, Devon
"I have never seen anyone who can
keep the attention of these children for as long as you did. A terrific
performance full of engaging humour and slapstick. Our children have a
range of complex emotional, behavioural, and learning difficulties,
but they responded with warmth and enthusiasm to this show. A really
positive end of term treat for all involved."
Florence Brown Special
"Thank you so much, the
children really enjoyed it and it made them realise how relevant to
everyday life science is. Brilliant - thanks so much."
Grass Royal Primary School, Yeovil
"We asked the children what they had enjoyed the most last
year - your show was definitely the most popular, and we will book you
again soon. I thought it was excellent value for money”
Susan Marsh, Head Teacher, St Nicholas Primary School,
‘The children were captivated by your performance and their
scientific experience was enhanced by such funny and thought provoking
The staff thoroughly enjoyed the performance and everyone has said how
brilliant it was - one of the best we've had.
Since your visit the children have been noticeably more confident
at asking questions, the follow up work was useful and I particularly
liked the idea of a book of questions.
The year 2 children
enjoyed the follow up discussion and wanted to share what they had leant
with the other children.
Zoe King - Science Coordinator
‘The children thoroughly enjoyed the show and have been asking
questions ever since - A very enjoyable show which really sparked off
out science week!
Holy Trinity Primary School,
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting
our school yesterday. Everyone really enjoyed your performance and
can’t stop talking about it! I couldn’t really pick out just one
favourite part as it was all thoroughly enjoyable. It was lovely to see
every child so enthused about science. I hope that I never again hear
‘science is boring’! We now can’t wait to start investigating the
many questions raised by your show.
Rachel Mann, Science coordinator, Somerton Infants
is extremely difficult is a school like ours (special school for Social
Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties) to find a performer who can
appeal to children from the age of nine, right up to young adults of
sixteen. Mike proved that he could do that. He delivered a performance
full of humour and flexible enough to involve the inevitable hecklers in
our audience! Coupled with this was the actual design of the show and
the metaphorical lessons to be learned from the scripts. A real and rare
triumph at our school."
Murrough McHugh, Assistant
Head, Florence Brown Special
School , Bristol
‘The children were captivated throughout the performance which
did indeed encourage their curiosity. They left the hall thinking of
questions that could go into their Book of Questions’.
Huish Primary, Yeovil
"We sat a group of pupils with behavioural difficulties at
the back of the hall, expecting them to leave or be removed at some
point. I was surprised that at the end of the performance they were
still all there, focussed on the performance until the end."
H Jones - Teacher
‘I learnt science isn’t as boring as I thought – it’s a
cool lesson now’
Abi age 10
'Great show, enjoyed by all pupils and staff'
Lympstone Primary School, Devon
“The children were utterly engaged in the performance and
brilliantly entertained. As a teacher of 20 years I thought it was
phenomenal – certainly one of the best things we have ever had in
school. It concluded our science week superbly, highlighting what
science is all about – asking questions! Pitched perfectly – you
understand what children need. I’m a fan”
An original and fun way to make children think about science.
Performing to such a wide age range is difficult, but you had all the
children with you from the start – the hat and water trick is
excellent. A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining show that has
provoked a lot of discussion
'Wonderful - I will certainly recommend this show on our Science
Science Coordinator, St Peter's Primary School,
"The children really enjoyed the show, particularly the slapstick
elements. there was something in it for all ages to take away. Thank you
Stallbridge Primary School, Dorset
You had many things to stimulate their brains by hearing and
sight and constantly had their brains working. Because of this the
children appear to remember your performance and have been questioning
things you did. The performance had much in it that teachers could hang
lessons on. Very different, and very good.
A great performance that we all enjoyed. Impressed with the way
the performance engaged across the age and ability range. Children came
out buzzing with questions
I thought the language used by ‘Mr B Curious’ was very clear
and pitched at the right level for even the youngest to access. I like
the activities that were chosen to accompany the theory – the children
had fun and the point behind the activities was clear. The point about
asking questions rather than finding answers fits well with our work in
school. Next terms sub heading is ‘Asking Questions’.
Science coordinator –
We really enjoyed the show, all class teachers commented that
their children were involved in lots of science magic discussion
afterwards - particularly the reception children. Science at KS1 is
taught from an investigative principle, and the curiosity and questions
suited them in particular.
Science coordinator, Tintinhull Primary
All the staff enjoyed the performance and felt it was appropriate
for the children. I noticed all the children were joining in and
laughing wholeheartedly. All the children came back into class
enthusiastic about the questions they had thought of – hopefully their
enthusiasm will continue throughout our future scientific exploration.
A really entertaining performance – the children were learning
without even knowing it
A brilliant way to start our science day, all children enjoyed
the show and were enthusiastic to think of their own questions. We have
also been impressed that the children are still enquiring about the
world around them. We will try to book you again next year. Thank you
“I certainly enjoyed it…. keep it up, I think it's
Gill Thomas -
The performance was brilliant – keeping a wide age range so
engaged for so long. I thought the show was an excellent combination of
education and entertainment. It kept an audience ranging from reception
to year 4 totally enthralled for more than an hour. Quite a feat!
St Mary’s First School Swanage
The show seemed to appeal to both younger and older children at
different levels. They were very excited at times but ‘control’
throughout the act was good.
Thank you for a lovely show, it was really funny……I’m
really glad you came to Upton Noble
Harry, Upton Noble Primary