Excited pupils turned into alien investigators when a ‘spaceship’ landed in a school changing room.
Police arrived to examine the flashing UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) after it was discovered by the caretaker at Murrow Primary Academy.
The children then interviewed the officers and caretaker, and found alien footprints on the school field, in an imaginative hoax by teachers designed to encourage creative writing.
Following the discovery earlier this month, the pupils enjoyed a day of talking and writing as they re-told their out of this world experience.
Head of school Ruth Bailey said: “One child whispered to me ‘even if this is not real – today has been the best day ever!’. Surely this is what school should be about.”
Mrs Bailey said the youngest children wrote stories, concentrating for longer than usual as they scrambled to get their ideas down on paper.
Children in Years One and Two wrote poems, and the older children wrote newspaper articles to ensure the world knew what had happened.
The idea came about when Mrs Bailey saw an old water pump that was about to be thrown away. Caretaker Martin Bane then worked tirelessly to build the spaceship with realistic flashing lights.
“Research proves that when children are hooked by an event their writing outcomes and engagement are improved,” said Mrs Bailey. “The children were immersed in this experience.”
Parents were told about the UFO at the end of the day and it was moved outside to allow them the chance to see what all the fuss had been about.
Mrs Bailey thanked Mr Bane and the police, saying: “Without the help and support of our local PCSO, Ruth Moulder, this project could not have happened.”