PUPILS got a huge surprise when a Royal Navy helicopter landed in their school field.
The youngsters at St Alban’s Primary School in Havant got the treat as part of work they are doing about Britain since 1930.
Pupils are studying the Second World War and yesterday, Year 5 children dressed up as evacuees and learned more about life during the war.
Members of the Royal Navy came in to explain about the work that they do.
Lieutenant Commander Alex Sims, Naval Observer of 702 Squadron, said: ‘They are learning about the war and the horrors of World War Two.
‘I think there’s a thread in the syllabus that talks about modern warfare. So we can show them how things have changed.
‘They can compare the World War Two bombs of old to the new stuff now.
‘It just shows them that there’s a happy side to it – it’s not all about the war but they get to see the fun stuff, like what we are doing today.
‘When we came in their reaction was amazing. They were very excited.’
The visitors worked with pupils explaining about what it’s like to serve on a modern-day warship.
They also had a naval fitness instructor come in to give them a Navy PE lesson.
Year 5 pupil Caitlin Goode, nine, said: ‘It was a bit of a shock
‘This huge helicopter just landed in the middle of our field and we didn’t know why.
‘It’s exciting. It’s a lot of fun because we get to do lots of new things and learn more.’
And Year 5 pupil James Wilson, also nine, added: ‘It was a big surprise. My dad is in the navy so I have been in a helicopter before.
‘It was a normal day today and then suddenly a helicopter landed in our field.’
Headteacher Alice Wood said: ‘For all the children to see a helicopter land on the school field is a one-off experience.
‘The little ones couldn’t believe it. I think it expands their horizons, as it’s something you don’t see every day.
‘It’s important that they know what’s going on and have an understanding of it.
‘One of the main parts of our education is first-hand experience and actually being engaged.
‘The children definitely learn better that way.’