PUPILS became roving reporters when a “disaster” hit their school.
But no-one was hurt at Dyke House Sports and Technology College, in Hartlepool, as pupils were taking part in dramatic role playing which saw them become journalists for the day.
As part of a day-long media event, youngsters pretended that a major incident had taken place and had to write live radio scripts about what was happening.
They were also given talks by the Mail’s assistant editor Gavin Ledwith and Amy Green from BBC Tees, before using a green-screen provided by Space to Learn to do reports.
English teachers at the school, which is temporarily based in Brierton Lane while its building in Mapleton Road is remodelled, also organised workshops for the 250 Year 8 pupils to improve their literacy.
Stephanie Robson, an English teacher at the school, said: “We put on a role play as part of the day with teachers acting out an outbreak of a deadly virus. The pupils then had to get to the bottom of what was happening and write a radio script that would go on a news bulletin.
“The children got a lot from the day and now have a better understanding of how the media works. It also ties in with their English lessons so they can use what they have learned to improve their literacy.
“We would like to say thank you to the visitors who helped make the day possible. The children enjoyed their talks and getting to ask questions.”