Media stars in the making

Pictured with the award for Animatiion are pupils(left to right) Jessica Line, Jonathon Hull and Leonie Taylor. Also pictured are teaching staff Sheila Walker and Sam Musgrave(right).
Pictured with the award for Animatiion are pupils(left to right) Jessica Line, Jonathon Hull and Leonie Taylor. Also pictured are teaching staff Sheila Walker and Sam Musgrave(right).

TALENTED pupils were all smiles after scooping two regional awards.

The current Year 1 and Year 6 pupils at Grange Primary School, Hartlepool, put their technical skills to the test when they took on challenging in-class projects.

And their hard work was rewarded when both age groups were given Northern Grid For Learning awards at a recent ceremony.

Primary, secondary and special schools all attended the awards, which were held in Newcastle last month.

Grange Primary School’s Year 1 pupils were celebrating after being crowned winners of the animations category.

The youngsters were recognised for their film-making skills for an animation film they designed last year when they were just four and five years old.

Year 6 pupils had their snapping skills rewarded for a photographic project they completed at the start of the current academic year.

The young technology stars used the fantastic equipment and facilities in the school’s own television and design studio, which has featured in the Mail in the past.

Sam Musgrave, reception teacher and ICT co-ordinator at the school, in Hartlepool’s Owton Manor Lane, said the youngsters showed maturity beyond their years in their animation project.

Mrs Mugrave said: “The pupils made their own clay models and then featured them in a five-minute film.

“They did the voice-overs for the film and the final outcome was brilliant.

“Animation is very challenging and we thought it would be very difficult for children just four and five years old, but they took it all in their stride and for them to be rewarded for their work is fantastic.

“What we are trying to do in school is use film and media for a number of projects and to get the children engaged in their learning.

“The children involved should all be very proud of themselves.”

The Year 6 children won the Computer Graphics and Art award for a recent photography project.

Alison Cooper, a Year 6 teacher at the school, said it’s a fantastic reward for the youngsters efforts.

Mrs Cooper said: “The children worked with a photographer who came into school and developed their photography skills.

“The project linked in with literacy and history and the work which they produced was excellent.

“All of the year group worked really well together and were over the moon when they were awarded the prize.”

Mrs Cooper also paid credit to Sheila Walker, the media supervisor at the school, who worked closely with the youngsters on both projects.

She added: “The work Mrs Walker does with the children is brilliant, these rewards are a credit to her hard work.”