Pupils have been brushing up on their artistic skills to stage a whole-school exhibition.
Youngsters at Pegswood First School put their creative talents on display after taking part in a series of art workshops.
It was exactly what we wanted — to reach parts of the community that wouldn’t normally come into the school, as well as to see lots of grandparents and families of our pupils.Andrew Waterfield, Headteacher
The initiative began during a school enrichment week when former teacher Carol Oliver, who retired about three years ago, was invited along to organise family art sessions with a European flavour.
Headteacher Andrew Waterfield said: “We asked an ex-colleague to do some art workshops with the children and invited parents and grandparents along to take part in the workshops with the children.
“The original enrichment week was about Europe so each class had a different country in Europe that they studied and they looked into the artwork there and particular artists from that country.
“They then displayed their own work in a two-day exhibition.”
The whole school took part in the programme, from nursery to Year 4, and every child’s work was displayed.
As well as inviting pupils’ families to see their work, the school also opened up the event to the wider community and was delighted when residents went along.
Mr Waterfield said: “The exhibition was open to the whole community, there was an open invitation to everyone in Pegswood.
“We had a lovely scenario where four older people came along from the village. We asked if they had grandchildren, or great-grandchildren at the school, but they said they had just seen the flyers that were around the village about the exhibition and thought they would come along. It turned out that one of them had done teaching practice here.
“It was exactly what we wanted — to reach parts of the community that wouldn’t normally come into the school, as well as to see lots of grandparents and families of our pupils.
“Hopefully, in the future we will be able to do similar things and these people will come back to see us again.”
The headteacher said children were proud to see their work on show, giving them a confidence boost.
“We didn’t want to show just a selection of pupils’ work, every child’s artwork was displayed. It was the work of all the children who took part in the initiative, which was the whole school. That’s why it was so fantastic,” he said.
“We weren’t sure how we were going to display everything at first, but in the end we were able to borrow proper display boards from Ashington High School, which made the whole thing look much more professional.
“It was great. We thoroughly enjoyed it and it was really nice for the children.”