Children look back at history of their school

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Youngsters have been going back in time to learn more about the key points in their school’s history.

Pupils at South Wellfield First School, in Whitley Bay, have been celebrating the school’s 60th anniversary this year thanks to a successful bid for Heritage Schools Lottery Money.

Year 4 children have been tracking down past pupils and teachers at the school since it opened in September 1954, speaking to them about their memories and putting together short films.

They also found out about leisure and sporting activities that have taken place in the area during the past 60 years, receiving a visit from ex-Newcastle United footballer Malcolm Macdonald, who talked about his life as a professional footballer.

Ex-pupil and playwright Noreen Rees also visited the school.

Nursery and reception pupils focused on family life while Year 1 visited the Discovery Museum to learn about toys in the past 60 years.

Year 2 researched the history of both Earsdon School and South Wellfield First School while Year 3 pupils created two interpretation panels, documenting the history of Earsdon.

The children also created a series of small local history plaques for display around the school building.

The project culminated in the setting up of a ‘Pop-up Museum’ in the school hall which showcased the work of the children to families, friends and members of the local community.