‘Aliens’ inspire Portsmouth pupils

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IMAGINE arriving at school to discover aliens had invaded.

Youngsters at Manor Infant School in Buckland, Portsmouth, were surprised when they arrived to see a crashed UFO early yesterday morning.

Surrounded by police warning tape, the spaceship was observed excitedly by the children as they explored around the crash area, looking for clues and finding them in the form of ‘space jelly’ and glitter.

It was the second year that alien activities have been held at the school.

The metre-high UFO was designed and built by the Year 2 teachers, and it contained an alien.

The spaceship crash was the culmination of a month of extra-terrestrial activities for Year 2 at the school.

The day was all set up to encourage the children, particularly the boys into the arts, with large a focus on improving their writing.

Headteacher Ashley Howard said: ‘Once you stimulate the children’s imagination they can write about absolutely anything.

‘We aim to raise attainment in writing, particularly amongst the boys.

‘It is not just about promoting the creativity of the pupils writing, but also their thinking skills – do aliens exist?’

During September, the school set up a story whereby aliens arrived in the classroom, disappearing soon after under suspicious circumstances.

Local police were involved in the story by filing a missing alien report, with the children following suite and creating their own missing alien posters.

The children were later told by police that they had found the aliens and brought them back to the school.

Year 2 leader Emma Cornish praised the police for their involvement.

She said that even the neighbours of the school had noticed, and commented on their community involvement.

She said the children thoroughly enjoyed the day.

‘They were really, really excited about it,’ she said.

‘Even those who weren’t fully sold on the idea to begin with, the enthusiasm of the others has drawn them in.

‘Depending on the success of the children’s writing, hopefully the aliens will return to us – but we don’t know yet.’




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