Pupils investigate an alien invasion at Bradford school

Pupils investigate an alien invasion at Bradford school

Saif Ul-Islam and Hafsah Bilal (below) take a closer look at the ‘alien’ visitor

Raihaan Mahmood takes a closer look at the ‘alien’ visitor

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , City Hall Reporter

Young journalists have been investigating a possible alien invasion at their school.

Children at Lady Royd Preparatory, part of Bradford Girls’ Grammar School in Squire Lane, came into school yesterday to find a UFO had crash-landed in the grounds.

An ‘alientologist’ was busy taking samples at the scene, which had been taped off, but could be seen by the pupils as they arrived at the school.

Near the downed craft was the figure of what looked like an alien.

Throughout the day, there were other strange goings-on elsewhere in the school.

Six-fingered handprints were found on the walls and blood-curdling screams were apparently heard by teachers.

Pupils in years four and five took notes and interviewed witnesses, with some children being tasked to write a newspaper, another team reporting for the television and a third team writing news for the web.

They also got to don gloves and inspect some glowing ooze they had found, with what appeared to be baby aliens inside.

The unusual stunt was the culmination of a five-week literacy programme teaching the children about newsgathering.

Teacher Amanda Leary said: “It’s been about giving them a stimulus, to get them writing.

“They have had a fantastic morning and it’s one of those things where it’s a fine line – you get children saying, ‘Is it real?’ “Through the course of the week they will generate this story as a front page and we will continue it with ‘follow-ups’ if there are any other strange happenings.”

Miss Leary said it was important for the children to be taught that the news takes a number of forms, from traditional newspapers to websites with videos.

A reporter and photographer from the Telegraph & Argus also visited the school to talk about how the paper is put together each day and what it’s like to work as a journalist.

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10:02am Tue 15 Jan 13

loftyme says...

Nowt new, Bingley & Cottingley schools did this last year!
Nowt new, Bingley & Cottingley schools did this last year! loftyme
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10:27am Tue 15 Jan 13

markjoe says...

Great interactive and interesting way to teach, why does it matter if its been done before.
Great interactive and interesting way to teach, why does it matter if its been done before. markjoe
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10:39am Tue 15 Jan 13

Albion. says...

Bradford has had many alien invasions.
Bradford has had many alien invasions. Albion.
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11:30am Tue 15 Jan 13

The obvious says...

Kids, the news media cannot be trusted.

The news is never reported: it is dramatised and orchestrated.

The journalists are fresh....fresh out of university and don't have the foggiest at to what REAL investigative journalism is.

The sooner you kids realise that the vast majority of news is bull pooh the more better you will do in life.
Kids, the news media cannot be trusted. The news is never reported: it is dramatised and orchestrated. The journalists are fresh....fresh out of university and don't have the foggiest at to what REAL investigative journalism is. The sooner you kids realise that the vast majority of news is bull pooh the more better you will do in life. The obvious
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1:29pm Tue 15 Jan 13

The Hoffster says...

Albion. wrote:
Bradford has had many alien invasions.
Be quiet, Islamophobe and BNP/EDL supporter.

You're boring.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Bradford has had many alien invasions.[/p][/quote]Be quiet, Islamophobe and BNP/EDL supporter. You're boring. The Hoffster
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2:09pm Tue 15 Jan 13

RollandSmoke says...

The obvious wrote:
Kids, the news media cannot be trusted.

The news is never reported: it is dramatised and orchestrated.

The journalists are fresh....fresh out of university and don't have the foggiest at to what REAL investigative journalism is.

The sooner you kids realise that the vast majority of news is bull pooh the more better you will do in life.
I'm guessing they wont have been told about D notices, injunctions and the subjects that will seriously effect your career prospects if you dare to report on them. Although with MSM they will have an editor keeping them in line and ensuring any real investigation never makes it's way into print.
[quote][p][bold]The obvious[/bold] wrote: Kids, the news media cannot be trusted. The news is never reported: it is dramatised and orchestrated. The journalists are fresh....fresh out of university and don't have the foggiest at to what REAL investigative journalism is. The sooner you kids realise that the vast majority of news is bull pooh the more better you will do in life.[/p][/quote]I'm guessing they wont have been told about D notices, injunctions and the subjects that will seriously effect your career prospects if you dare to report on them. Although with MSM they will have an editor keeping them in line and ensuring any real investigation never makes it's way into print. RollandSmoke
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6:36pm Tue 15 Jan 13

abfab ok says...

Deary Me!! This report was done to benefit the children. How can people get so personal?
Whether it's been done before or not the children obviously had a great day. Nowt is spelt nothing by the way and this is exactly why we teach english with such precision!!!!
Hopefully they will become good writers and spellers unlike some.
Deary Me!! This report was done to benefit the children. How can people get so personal? Whether it's been done before or not the children obviously had a great day. Nowt is spelt nothing by the way and this is exactly why we teach english with such precision!!!! Hopefully they will become good writers and spellers unlike some. abfab ok
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8:44pm Tue 15 Jan 13

The obvious says...

Albion. wrote:
Bradford has had many alien invasions.
You and SS loving sinnersaint need to understand that this country is against fascists..the likes of you guys. Get a life, better still learn to live and let live.
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Bradford has had many alien invasions.[/p][/quote]You and SS loving sinnersaint need to understand that this country is against fascists..the likes of you guys. Get a life, better still learn to live and let live. The obvious
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10:46am Wed 16 Jan 13

loftyme says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Bradford has had many alien invasions.
Be quiet, Islamophobe and BNP/EDL supporter.

You're boring.
haha, the hoff is doing it again, you must be the most boring tw£t I have ever conversed with online, its true Bradford does have many aliens, in fact I might just join the EDL, it might make your never ending comments to us actually be true!, for a change
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Bradford has had many alien invasions.[/p][/quote]Be quiet, Islamophobe and BNP/EDL supporter. You're boring.[/p][/quote]haha, the hoff is doing it again, you must be the most boring tw£t I have ever conversed with online, its true Bradford does have many aliens, in fact I might just join the EDL, it might make your never ending comments to us actually be true!, for a change loftyme
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11:40am Wed 16 Jan 13

Andy2010 says...

You will find many illegal aliens working at various takeaway's and drive through cash washes in the district.

Men In Black would have a field day
You will find many illegal aliens working at various takeaway's and drive through cash washes in the district. Men In Black would have a field day Andy2010
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4:08pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Outraged English Subject says...

Great story lets have more like this please, shame about the racism!
Great story lets have more like this please, shame about the racism! Outraged English Subject
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3:33pm Fri 18 Jan 13

Marty12 says...

The obvious wrote:
Albion. wrote: Bradford has had many alien invasions.
You and SS loving sinnersaint need to understand that this country is against fascists..the likes of you guys. Get a life, better still learn to live and let live.
Aren't many of our aliens fascists?
[quote][p][bold]The obvious[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: Bradford has had many alien invasions.[/p][/quote]You and SS loving sinnersaint need to understand that this country is against fascists..the likes of you guys. Get a life, better still learn to live and let live.[/p][/quote]Aren't many of our aliens fascists? Marty12
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