Mystery of school invasion during half term break

Children at Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville dressed as Pirates for the day to learn about sea faring history. (left to right), Rory Smith (five), Gerrard Cooke (five), and Sydney Rosenthal (four).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (13562-3)
Children at Queen's Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville dressed as Pirates for the day to learn about sea faring history. (left to right), Rory Smith (five), Gerrard Cooke (five), and Sydney Rosenthal (four).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (13562-3)
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THEY thought it would be another normal day, but these children arrived at their school to find it had been mysteriously invaded.

The Reception pupils at Queens Inclosure Primary School in Waterlooville arrived to find their classrooms had been taped off after pirates or aliens invaded the school.

Debris was scattered across the school and a pirate ship was left outside in the school grounds.

The children were then told that they couldn’t go into their classrooms and, with their parents, they were sent straight to the school hall.

Now, the pupils will spend this half-term trying to discover who has invaded their school while they were away for a week.

Reception teacher Sarah Sharp said: ‘The whole thing has been about the mystery of who has been in here and how they got in.

‘We start every half-term with a hook to learning. This time it’s invasions.

‘The parents didn’t even know so it was a big surprise.

‘Our goal is to make it as real as possible in everything that we do.

‘We don’t get our children to write for no reason.

‘All their writing is for a purpose.

‘They are going to get into that frame of mind.

‘It’s a very literacy enriched half term.’

And Miss Sharp said the day has been a huge success.

‘The children loved it,’ she said.

‘They didn’t know what to expect at first and I think going into the hall added to it.’

And she added that it also gave the children an extra incentive to come back to school and enjoy their learning.

‘Where they are quite young, some of them can be a little bit reluctant but this gets them a little more excited.

‘Having things like this makes the children want to come to school even more.’

The invasion topic will be linked to a number of different areas of the curriculum including literacy, maths, drama and art.

They will be making their own costumes in a bid to try and re-enact what they think happened while they were away.

And they will be writing about it too.