When it comes to being creative youngsters at Cross Gates Primary are reaching for the stars - and stripes.
Youngsters from the school’s newly-formed Robotics Club are hoping to win a competition that could see them travelling stateside to meet American president Barack Obama.
Children use Lego Technik to create weird and wonderful mechanical inventions in a bid to help spark their enthusiasm for science and technology.
Headteacher Rosaleen Hamer said that the scheme, which is extremely popular in America, can see schools from across the world battle it out for places in the finals.
She said: “It’s quite an international thing and is something that Barack Obama supports.
“The children hope that they might get to America for the finals.”
Creative pupils have also ‘taken a line for a walk’ as part of their latest art week efforts.
Children used the concept of taking their drawing on an adventure by using papier mache, sculptures and line drawings.
Their artistic efforts were then put on display to the whole school in the hall.
Ms Hamer said that creative programmes are helpful in getting children excited about school.
She said: “We continued our programme of trying to increase experiences and opportunities of children with science week and art week.
“It’s all about getting children engaged with learning and getting them interested to make them want to learn.”
The school also plays an integral role in the east Leeds community.
There has been a school for nearly a century located in the heart of the east Leeds community since 1926.
Over the years the site of Cross Gates Primary has been a girls high school and a middle school before it became a primary.
Youngsters of all ages benefit from a great start with the help of the recently opened Children’s Centre.
The centre, which was officially opened in May 2010, prepares toddlers for school life and offers support to parents.
And being at the heart of the community is something the school is incredibly proud of.
Junior wardens from the school venture into the community to muck in and learn how to become responsible citizens.
Members of the school’s renowned ukulele orchestra can often be spotted playing in local care homes.
The school recently scooped £500 in the Cross Gates Shopping Centre competition and a trip to a park in Wetherby.
Ms Hamer said: “Cross Gates Primary is the centre of this community.
“We do value the community and do a lot of work in it.
“A lot of parents are ex-pupils as well and there is a lot of affection.”