Youngsters enjoy carnival activities

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YOUNGSTERS got into the full carnival swing as they marked French celebrations here in Hartlepool.

Primary school children from throughout the town have had the opportunity to take part in the fun and games at Space To Learn, in King Oswy Drive, Hartlepool.

Circus skills on display during the event at the Space to Learn centre.

Circus skills on display during the event at the Space to Learn centre.

Staff at the facility planned a week of activities to give the children the chance to play a part in the Nice Carnival.

The pupils enjoyed learning how to juggle, along with a host of other party tricks, and also took part in a range of dances and watched videos.

At the end of each day the children then brought all their learning together and performed in front of a carnival video which was projected onto a wall behind them, giving it a real carnival feel.

Mark Atkinson is the headteacher at Throston Primary School who integrated the trip into the school’s international arts week.

Mr Atkinson said: “We have had two Dutch students in our school all week, and have been doing all sorts of different activities learning about other cultures and countries from throughout the world.

“The trip to Space To Learn fitted in perfectly with what we were doing and the children really enjoyed themselves.

“They have been looking at the French carnival in the classroom as well and have been making their own French food and studying artists from the country.”

Christine Robertson, a language consultant who enjoyed the activities with the children, said: “We can’t take all of the children to France, but thanks to Space To Learn, they can experience some of the culture of the country.”

Ricky Brown, manager of Space To Learn, said: “French Carnival week is one of the many activities that has been held at Space To Learn.

“The event utilises the flexibility of the building along with the immersive environment, making the learners feel as though they are physically there.

“An event which allows more than 600 children to gain this experience must be worthwhile.”

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