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Pupils of Woodlea Junior School in Leyland discover a giant bird's nest and mysterious eggs leading to an investigation by police, forensics and the fire service
Pupils of Woodlea Junior School in Leyland discover a giant bird's nest and mysterious eggs leading to an investigation by police, forensics and the fire service

Youngsters couldn’t believe their eyes when they turned up to school to see the emergency services there last week!

The Guardian has been sent some dramatic news reports from stunned pupils of Woodlea Junior School, in Leyland, who were shocked to find a giant bird had laid some giant eggs in the school grounds.

Keen to get a closer look under the police’s tape and find out what was going on, the children then made contact with their local newspaper to share their experiences.

Forensic scientists were also on the scene to try to explain the phenomenon to the excited children, which was part of a project aimed at encouraging the pupils to develop their writing skills.

Deputy headteacher Jillian Shorrocks said: “The children were part of it themselves and saw first-hand the giant nest, police, fire brigade, and forensic scientists at the school.

“They were also given an opportunity to explore and investigate the eggs and nest, so they were able to use their own experiences to write imaginatively and for a real audience.”

Teachers and visitors, including the police and the Guardian’s photographer, took part in the role play, as children used clues to figure out what had hatched from one of the giant eggs - and left some slime behind!