Schoolchildren investigated the scene of a spaceship crash as part of a science project at Wreake Valley Academy in Syston.
Pupils from St Michael and All Angels CofE Primary School at Rearsby and both Queniborough and Thrussington CofE Primary Schools took part in the session, which was organised as a taster before some of them move up to the senior school later this year.
The excited year five and six children were taken outside to see the aftermath of the crash and challenged to make scientific tests on the evidence to find out if it was a real spacecraft or a hoax.
Premises officer Andy Lees had constructed the suspected UFO from various materials.
Nick Rowles, head of science at the academy, said: “The project was a hook to build a science session around and all of the children really enjoyed the day.
“They were shown the spacecraft and there was slime coming out of it and a white powder which they had to test and they also took a sample of the fuel to test in the lab.
“We asked them to write newspaper articles to share their findings and later on they gave a presentation to their parents when they came into school.”