Sunderland's Tall Ships visit brings out the artist in school pupils

Children from Redby Primary with some of their creations.
Children from Redby Primary with some of their creations.

Children got creative as they took inspiration from a visit to the Tall Ships Races during the boats' stay in their home city.

Pupils from schools across Sunderland got to explore their artistic side this week to celebrate the arrival of more than 50 ships on the River Wear.

A host of materials were used by the children as they made their pieces.

A host of materials were used by the children as they made their pieces.

That included 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 ships up close.

Chloe Belmont, 11, from Fulwell, said: “It’s really exciting to be here for the Tall Ships Races.

Pupils busy at work during the Tall Ships Races session,

Pupils busy at work during the Tall Ships Races session,

"They don’t happen very often and they might not come back.”

Her classmate Lucy Green, also 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 headteacher at Redby Primary School, said: “It was a delight for our school to take part in the activities at the Tall Ships event.

Redby Primary pupils with their completed pieces.

Redby Primary pupils with their completed pieces.

"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.”