CHILDREN from an Edgware school were made to believe aliens had landed in their playground by teachers and police.
Instead of heading to their classrooms last Thursday morning, pupils from Stag Lane Middle School were left puzzled by strange yellow markings found in their playground which had been cordoned off by police tape.
To add to the confusion, teachers had spent around two weeks prior to the event telling the children they had seen lights in the sky and mocked up 'alien' hand prints.
Bewildered by the unusual hoax, pupils from the school in Collier Drive quizzed police officers in the assembly hall during a staged press conference.
Children had to be reassured throughout the morning by teachers and officers from Edgware Safer Neighbourhood Team that there was no need to worry and they were safe.
Milan Pindoria, 11, from Edgware, said: "When I was in art I went to get a tool and my teacher spotted something. It had the shape of three fingers, was gooey and was on the cupboard door. I don't know if it was a hand or foot but it was made of goo."
Donte Nelson, 11, also from Edgware, said: "My teacher said she saw something in the sky. I'm not scared of the alien. I want to keep it and put it in my pocket. It has a big head and small body."
The aim of the day was to stimulate the children's minds and help develop their story writing skills.
After lunch the pupils were informed by the school's headteacher, Elena Evans, that it was all a stunt.
Headteacher Elena Evans told the 300 children that she thought the markings were a prank. After the assembly she said: "The reason we did this was because we think learning should be exciting. The children write better when they have an experience to draw upon and we want to develop police links.
"We know the children very well and we want this to be a learning point. They need to also learn to question what people say.
"There are so many learning points to take from this."