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‘Alien spaceship crash’ sees Sunderland pupils turn detective

Police and pupils at Academy 360, Pennywell, Sunderland, taking part in a mock Alien crash landing in the grounds of the school.

Police and pupils at Academy 360, Pennywell, Sunderland, taking part in a mock Alien crash landing in the grounds of the school.

SCHOOL pupils turned journalists when a spaceship crashed in the yard.

Year Five and Six pupils at Academy 360, in Pennywell, were shocked and scared when they stumbled upon the unearthly object at their school.

The group were visited by community police officers who taped off the danger zone to protect them from alien gunge and the flashing object, and were set to work recording what took place.

What they didn’t realise was that the scary scene was a ruse by teacher Leanne Petch to test their imaginations.

“We are trying to promote writing across primary education, but we want to make it a bit more creative and give it a purpose – a real reason to write,” she said.

Year Six pupils Denten Loughton, Kaci Cox and Lucas Hodgson were convinced.

“I was a bit frightened,” said Denten, 10.

“I didn’t know what was going on. The goo on it was inside the school as well and I didn’t think the teachers would have had the time to do that.”

Kaci, 11, said the police tape made people think the spaceship was something more suspect.

“They were saying it was a dead body,” she said. “But when we got there, there was a silver thing with lights and we thought something had been in it.”

The pupils wrote mock newspaper articles on the carefully-crafted project.

“It was really good, I’d like to do something like it again,” said Lucas, 11. “We’ve been learning about newspaper writing and how to write in the third person.”

Leanne said the extraordinary experiment left everyone feeling inspired.

 

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