Stubbington pupils sent to space to inspire writing

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DRESSED as astronauts, these school children had a school day with a difference – they went to Mars.

The pupils from Crofton Hammond Juniors in Stubbington decorated their school to look like space, including a spaceship and station, mission control and a Mars landscape.

READY TO GO Erin Newton dressed up for Mars. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131516-5)

READY TO GO Erin Newton dressed up for Mars. Picture: Paul Jacobs (131516-5)

Each year the school does a writing week based around a large-scale roleplay. This year, it is called Journey to Mars.

Now, children will write in various different styles based around the day.

Year 6 pupil Will Say, 11, said: ‘It was a fun activity because we decorated our classrooms.

‘In the end it turned out well. The activities were fun around the school. It inspires you.’

Taylor Hughes, 11, also in Year 6, added: ‘It was fun to do and to have activities like that. It was a great experience.

‘Everyone enjoyed it. In the past we have had fun activities and this one was the best.’

The event aims to inspire creative writing for all children.

Loren May, literacy co-ordinator at the school, said: ‘They absolutely loved it.

‘The boys have really enjoyed it.

‘They learn so much as well because they are inspired and engaged. The buzz was brilliant.’

The children will write stories, poems, diary entries and newspaper reports about life on Mars.

Ms May added: ‘It’s to engage them and to inspire creativity in their writing and it gives them ideas.

‘Every member of staff has got on board and helped in the school.’

Prizes will be awarded for the best pieces of writing.