Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mars Attacks! A 10ft Martian Comes to School as Pupils Study War of the Worlds Education & Training

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mars Attacks! A 10ft Martian Comes to School as Pupils Study War of the Worlds Education & Training

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CHILDREN at other Teesside schools will be green with envy...

For Year 4 and 5 pupils at Lockwood Primary School, at Boosbeck, near Guisborough, have been studying a project all about Mars and Martians - and even got to interview a 10ft-tall Martian for their project.

Teaching assistant Viv Iceton was on hand to interpret the answers given by the Martian - who was brought to life in a robotic suit by David Rodgers, of HeartBurn Entertainment and Events. & The sci-fi conscious Year 5 youngsters have been studying HG Wells's War of the Worlds through the music of Jeff Wayne, with narration by acting legend Richard Burton.

And Year 4 also joined in the fun, writing their own "imaginary worlds" stories.

HG Wells wrote his famous story about aliens taking over Earth more than 100 years ago, in 1898.

Teacher Susan Anderson said the children had a lot of fun with the project. She said: "Nearly 20 pupils have been involved in the project over the last few weeks as part of one of the school''s literacy projects."

Training Pupil Zoe Sutcliffe, nine, of Skelton Green, said: "The music and story is awesome. It's a bit scary too because the Martians nearly take over the Earth."

Jamie Sexton, 10, of Boosbeck, said: "The Martians are evil and nearly defeat mankind.

"But then at the last moment they are killed off by a tiny bacteria like the common cold.

"HG Wells had a fantastic imagination as this story was written more than a century ago."

Teacher Susan said: "Everyone has done really well and they have all learned a lot."

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