‘UFO crash’ helping to create science spark

Forensic examinations take place on the 'UFO' at Stephenson Memorial Primary School.

Forensic examinations take place on the 'UFO' at Stephenson Memorial Primary School.

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A crashed space station sparked excitement among children at a Wallsend school.

Pupils and parents at Stephenson Memorial Primary School, in Wallsend, found space debris on their field with police and scientists on hand carrying out an investigation.

Journalists were also on school grounds interviewing children for eye witness assemblies with all lessons cancelled in the afternoon to allow children to help with investigations after it was found the debris was from outer space.

The Space Invaders event last Friday was a lead up to British Science Week, which started on Monday, as teachers hoped the elaborate crash site would start the week with the bang.

During the week, there will be visits from The Centre for Life and Cosmos planetarium alongside a host of space related activities.

The week ends on Friday with the much anticipated solar eclipse.

At Stephenson Memorial Primary we are always looking for ways to inspire and excite the students in their leaning.

Headteacher Emma Overton

Headteacher Emma Overton said: “At Stephenson Memorial Primary we are always looking for ways to inspire and excite the students in their leaning.

“Our staff are encouraged to ‘think outside the box’ and take learning to a level which really engages students, promoting independent learning and enquiry.

“To launch ‘British Science Week’ in this way densure the engagement and involvement from the whole learning community, including parents, who will be part of the whole school assembly.

“Your primary education should create the platform that shapes your journey through life, and by providing these experiences and enabling lasting memories for our students we are sure to be growing students who have a love of learning – the world will then be their oyster.”