Police have been helping pupils in Ironville to investigate a ‘crime scene’ in their school grounds as part of a topic on literacy and creative writing.
Teachers at Ironville and Codnor Park Primary School invited their local Safer Neighbourhood policing team to help Class Two work out what might have happened in the field.
A scene was set up where it appeared a character from the book they had been reading, known as Dr Xargle, had crash landed.
PCSO Meikel Miller of the Somercotes and Riddings Safer Neighbourhood Policing Team arrived at the school to ask the youngsters to come take a look, and help her collect evidence.
A small group from the class then went to speak to others in the community with PCSO Miller to ask if they had seen anything, while the rest of the youngsters had the chance to look around a police car.
After the visit, the youngsters were asked to write about the day and what they thought had happened.
PCSO Miller said: “We regularly call in to see pupils at the school and were happy to help out with their project, to make it seem more realistic and help spark their imagination.
“It’s nice to keep in touch with the youngsters and become a familiar face so that they can build a positive relationship with their local police.”
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