Sunderland schools get crafty in Tall Ships visit

Simon Marshall with Redby Primary

Pupils from schools across Sunderland got to explore their artistic side this week to celebrate the arrival of the Tall Ships Race to the city.

There were 150 children from Years 4, 5 and 6 from Redby Primary School who were among the 1,200 children to enjoy free arts and crafts activities as part of the Tall Ships cultural activities on offer.

The pupils worked with artists to make their own Tall Ships themed artworks as part of achieving their ‘Discover Arts Award’, including wind-powered toy boats which they then had a chance to race. They also got to enjoy music and dance stage performances as well as take in the Tall Ships up close.

Chloe Belmont aged 11, from Fulwell, who attends Redby Primary School, said: “It’s really exciting to be here for the Tall Ships Races. They don’t happen very often and they might not come back.”

Her classmate Lucy Green, aged 11, from Roker, added: “It’s been a fun day making toy boats and masts, and I can’t wait to see the parade.”

Together for Children, which delivers children’s services on behalf of Sunderland City Council, supported schools to visit the event free of charge, ensuring as many young people as possible could experience and enjoy the event and the activities on offer.

Jill Carroll, Deputy Head Teacher at Redby Primary School, said: “It was a delight for our school to take part in the activities at the Tall Ships event. The children had a great day and they learnt so much from this historical cultural event.

“We would like to thank Together for Children for ensuring we were able to attend. We know it is vital that children engage in events like this to further develop their learning.”

Simon Marshall, Director of Education at Together for Children, said: “The Tall Ships is a great event for schools from across the city. It is fantastic to see the children developing their creative side at our crafts workshops, all while having fun and enjoying a unique cultural experience. I’m sure it will be an event they will all remember for years to come.”

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