Children at Lime Tree Primary School have found their studies taking something of a space odyssey this term.

Year One classes at the school, in Alexander Road, Reigate, have enjoyed a space-themed programme of learning, with a planetarium visit and the mysterious crash-landing of an alien spaceship providing the launchpad for their studies.

Lime Tree teacher Mrs Brown said: “The topic has really caught their imagination. The children have found the wreckage of the flying saucer and various other clues to help them discover what might have happened, but they’ve not yet found the aliens.”

“Our topics are completely cross curricular and there have been lots of opportunities to develop the children’s design and technology skills: building space buggies from junk and designing prototypes of lunar buggies to rival the best from NASA.”

Pupils wrote about the mock alien crash, before filming their own news reports about the incident.

In February, Lime Tree will host a family learning event for children and parents to engross themselves in star gazing and scientific investigations.

Mrs Brown added: “The Fantastic finish to our topic is an exciting space race, including a race on -what else- space hoppers! The children at Lime Tree are dazzling us with their knowledge and imagination. As Buzz Lightyear would say, to the classroom - and beyond.”