School plays the generation game

Morpeth First School (Goosehill) family art activities. Milly James and Sam Mitchell were working together on this sketch.
Morpeth First School (Goosehill) family art activities. Milly James and Sam Mitchell were working together on this sketch.

THESE eye-catching creations were among the talented artwork made by Morpeth First School pupils during a family learning event.

Parents came along to help and encourage their children and other students at the session, which was part of the Goosehill school’s activities fortnight.

A few days earlier they started a new project called ShocFlood, through which pupils will learn how to prepare for the risk of flooding.

Staff from the Environment Agency and Climate Change Schools Project came along to promote flood safety and resilience, as well as raise awareness of how climate change affects the environment. Many pupils and their families experienced damage and disruption in the September 2008 deluge.

The topics covered included what to pack in an emergency case for the younger pupils and how people adapt to climate change in different countries with the older students.

The other subjects were cultural diversity and equality, community cohesion — including a visit from police officers, outdoor learning, enterprise, personal health and bullying, health and well-being.

Headteacher Elaine Reay said: “The pupils learned a great deal in the flood and climate change session and they are looking forward to finding out more about the flood alleviation scheme from councillors when they visit County Hall next month. They will also find out about how local democracy works.

“The fortnight covered the wider aspects of the curriculum and our children gained a better understanding of their community, respecting others irrespective of race, religion and background and how to be responsible citizens. The family learning event will hopefully encourage them to do some more art at home.”