Pupils enjoy sci-fi lessons

Pupils at Mayville School in Southsea have been celebrating book week. The Junior School children dressed as their favourite sci-fi characters. (left to right), Tahlia Donnelly (seven), Sophia Tesfaye (nine), Poppy Davenport (nine), Sonny Johnson (11).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14676-2) PPP-141003-104717002
Pupils at Mayville School in Southsea have been celebrating book week. The Junior School children dressed as their favourite sci-fi characters. (left to right), Tahlia Donnelly (seven), Sophia Tesfaye (nine), Poppy Davenport (nine), Sonny Johnson (11).'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14676-2) PPP-141003-104717002
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IS THERE anyone out there?

That’s the question that was being asked by pupils at Mayville School in Southsea during their science fiction-themed book week.

The children have been exploring the world of teleporting, androids, aliens and the fourth dimension through illustration, special guests, and dressing-up.

The book week was launched with a visit to the high school from Portsmouth artist Roger Holman.

Using large-scale canvas demonstrations, he depicted some ideas of other-worldliness to get pupils to use art to explore their own creativity, and ideas.

Creativity was on display in junior school also, where pupils were asked to craft spaceships out of recycled materials.

Later in the week Emily Neale, a final year illustration student at the University of Portsmouth, came in to encourage and help the children design aliens and put them into comic book stories.

Jeff Norton, author of Metawars, also came into speak to pupils about science fiction writing and to encourage the children to take up writing themselves.

Pupils ended the week in style dressing up as their favourites science fiction characters.

Everyone from Princess Leia to Wall-E, and the invisible man to Katniss Everdene from the Hunger Games could be seen in the playground.