Pupils get creative in past and the present

North Tyneside Council's art development officer Kevin Wallace with Hadrian Park Primary School pupils.

North Tyneside Council's art development officer Kevin Wallace with Hadrian Park Primary School pupils.

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SECONDARY school pupils have been helping their younger peers showcase their artistic talents.

Wallsend-based Churchill Community College invited four neighbouring primary schools to collaborate in a week of creative activities as part of a Literary and Arts Festival.

The schools chose their own subject centred on an arts and heritage theme to showcase to one another.

Topics ranged from local events, such as the Hartley Pit disaster, to international tragedies, such as the sinking of the Titanic.

Churchill headteacher David Baldwin said, “This was a fantastic example of our children working together through the medium of art.

“The work produced has been of an exceptional standard and has helped all of the children involved deepen their understanding of our heritage.”

Hadrian Park Primary School decided to commemorate the sinking of the Titanic.

With the help of North Tyneside Council’s art development officer, Kevin Wallace, pupils built four giant wicker funnels to represent the vessel.

Pupils from Battle Hill Primary School explored the history of Hartley Pit disaster, writing moving poems, re-enacted scenes and building a pit wheel.

Students from Churchill worked with Stephenson Memorial Primary School to perform a dance routine A Dance a Day for parents, visitors and other children.

Stephenson Memorial Primary School also spent the week devoting time to the Olympics, as did children at Denbigh Primary School who created an enormous montage, entitled ‘Bodies in Motion’, based on the games.

The primary schools involved are already planning what they will do for the festival next year.