Tunnels make big news with pupils in classroom

Paul Fenwick from TWITA joins children from Stephenson Memorial Primary School for a special media experience.
Paul Fenwick from TWITA joins children from Stephenson Memorial Primary School for a special media experience.
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CHILDREN from a Howdon school have been writing and producing their own newspaper about the Tyne pedestrian and cycle tunnels.

The 17 Year 5 and 6 pupils from Stephenson Memorial School have been researching facts about the structures as part of a project promoted by the Tyne & Wear Integrated Transport Authority (TWITA).

This included visits to the tunnels, libraries and interviews with TWITA personnel.

The school’s personal health social and citizenship education manager, Julie Scott, who jointly led the project for the school with family access links manager, Angela Gallagher, said: “The children got so much out of this project.

“The tunnels really inspired them and they have all made exceptional progress in their education as a result.

“We are grateful to the transport authority for enabling us to complete the project with our own newspaper, which the children are going to distribute.”

Paul Fenwick, project director for TWITA, said: “The invitation to four primary schools closest to the tunnels to take part in the project was linked to the tunnels’ diamond jubilee last year.

“We see the tunnels as a living classroom that schools can use to bring parts of the curriculum to life.

“It has been a pleasure to work with the children at Stephenson Memorial.

“Their interview with me was very enjoyable, tough but fair – Jeremy Paxman beware.”