YOUNGSTERS from Law Primary School had the chance to show off their Lego designs alongside a stunning recreation of their school at an exhibition at the National Museum of Flight at East Fortune recently.

The P5 pupils were invited to make their own creations to join supply teacher Malcolm Pirie’s recreation of the primary school at the Awesome Bricks event as it took pride of place at the exhibition.

And Malcolm said he was delighted by the efforts of the youngsters, who came up with an array of designs for the weekend event.

The opportunity was a chance for Malcolm, 46, to bring his passion for Lego to the classroom and inspire youngsters with what he hopes can become a valuable teaching resource in the future.

An enthusiast since he was a young boy, Malcolm knows first-hand the impact the modelling bricks can have on children.

When he was a nine-year-old living in Abu Dhabi, UAE, he took first place in a Lego competition organised to promote learning through the creative art and sending him and his family on a return trip to Legoland in Billund, Denmark, where he became an honorary citizen.

Nearly four decades later, Malcolm has brought his enthusiasm for Lego to schools where he has been working, and encouraged children at Law Primary to get involved when he was given the chance to take part in the exhibition at East Fortune.

It is not the first time that he has captured youngsters’ imagination at the school with Lego and, during a stint there in 2016, he amazed youngsters with some of the models created.

And it was his knowledge of the school which inspired his model of the building, which he said had taken him a week of intensive work to put together.

Malcolm told the Courier: “In previous times at the school, I spent time as a playground supervisor as well as in the classroom and knew the building well.

“I thought it would be a good model to recreate and people would recognise it.”

And his efforts impressed Jill Wareham, Law Primary School’s headteacher.

She said: “We were all really impressed by the Lego model of Law Primary School.

It was very recognisable as our school – right down to the miniature Law in the playground.”

Supply teacher Malcolm is hoping to use his expertise with Lego to create future projects which could provide learning opportunities for youngsters.

He said: “I’m trying to focus on things from a different angle and will be looking to use Lego exclusively as a teaching resource and will work on developing activities and lessons on that basis.

“Whether I can make a viable business out of that is something I’ll be finding out soon.”