CAPTURING the imagination of pupils and creating an extra special learning experience from their ideas is something which many teachers strive to achieve.

Penny Kingston, assistant headteacher at Rawthorpe Junior School, has perfected that skill to a fine art which has led to great success in the classroom.

Penny used a space theme – including aliens and a crashed spaceship – to fire the imagination of boys at the school.

A dozen boys were specially chosen to take part in a pioneering project called More Than Me aimed at raising their reading and writing skills.

Traditionally there is a national issue with getting boys to write and read and the project aimed to close the gap at Rawthorpe.

Penny said she wanted to create an atmosphere in school where it was cool for boys to write and celebrate their achievements.

The 12 boys from years three to six became ambassadors for writing in the classroom. They took part in a range of writing skills including newspaper and magazine article writing as well as focusing on the skills and qualities which they will need for their chosen careers.

They also wrote to businesses within the town including the Huddersfield Daily Examiner and interviewed professionals including the Examiner’s education reporter Hazel Ettienne about their roles in the workplace and the skills and qualities they need to succeed.

Mrs Kingston also created a Random Writing Wall outside her office where writing was valued and displayed to encourage any type of writing.

“The overall aim is to close that gap and provide new strategies to get boys enjoying writing,” she said.

Penny has worked at Rawthorpe for five years and is the school’s literacy coordinator and assistant headteacher for teaching and learning.

Originally from Harrow, she taught for 10 years in London before journeying North to Rawthorpe.