Bidbury Junior School pupils report ‘alien invasion’ in Havant

Year 4 pupils and teachers in the grounds of the school, next to the unidentified object. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150900-2552) PPP-150206-105743001
Year 4 pupils and teachers in the grounds of the school, next to the unidentified object. ''Picture: Sarah Standing (150900-2552) PPP-150206-105743001

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Children at a junior school had to report on an alien invasion at their school last week.

Year 4 pupils from Bidbury Junior School in Havant became journalists for the day when an unexpected object was seen in the school grounds.

The strange-looking silver object was designed to look like something from another world.

The whole year group was involved in the exercise, which was designed to improve literacy skills.

Armed with notepads and a curious mind, the youngsters’ investigative skills were tested to the full.

The children interviewed the school caretaker and staff and asked them questions about how the object appeared at the school.

Alex Clark, who teaches the Panda class, said: ‘Something crash-landed in the school field and the children have to write a newspaper report about it.

‘The caretaker discovered the crash early in the morning and cordoned the area off.

‘The children were very excited about it.

‘Their reaction was one of awe and wonder.

‘Some of them thought it was a satellite, some thought it was part of an alien spaceship.

‘They just wanted to know what it was.

‘They kept asking me about it for a few days.

‘They’re excited to write the news report and we hope it will inspired some good writing.

‘A lot of them had never read a newspaper before but they’re very keen to get writing.

‘Another piece of homework they’ve been set is to choose their favourite article from a newspaper or online.’

Over the next couple of weeks, they will learn how to put together a news report.

Once they have finished their pieces, they will go up on the school’s website.

It is not the first time that the school has employed such an innovative approach to creative writing.

Last year a batch of dragon eggs appeared at the school and previously, they had creatures escaping.