Children’s work explores area

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Primary school pupils teamed up with university students and a community arts project to produce a unique insight into one of Leeds’ suburbs.

The children from Allerton Church of England Primary School, Moortown, worked with Graphic Arts and Design students at Leeds Beckett University and community arts project, Space 2, on the venture which resulted in a distinctive magazine.

As well as doing an enormous amount of work in and around school the Year 5 pupils attended three workshops where they were challenged to explore what it is like to live and grow up in the Moor Allerton area of Leeds through photography, film, creative writing and by interviewing local residents.

The result is a glossy 56 page magazine titled “We are LS17” which includes images that the children captured on single use film camera.

Sam Kay, a Year 5 teacher at Allerton Church of England Primary School, described the children’s input into creating the informative record of local social history as “really rewarding.”

Mr Kay said: “The children had a wonderful time working on the LS17 stories project. They were able to implement new art skills whilst linking these to their local area.

“They all found the activities engaging and fun which really helped each child express themselves. One of these involved using pictures from a previous disposable camera task which the children particularly enjoyed.”

The children were challenged to explore the area’s rich diversity and were asked what things mattered to them and other people in the LS17 postcode.

Joy Johnstone, the school’s Art and Literacy lead, said: “Watching the children working on this project was so inspiring, it seemed the deeper they dug into LS17’s past the more they felt part of its present and its future.”

Others were as equally impressed by the children’s work and the end product.

John Sherbourne, a school governor, said: “It is a 56 page snapshot of LS17 as the children see it but it is not simply the present. The combination of the past and present will set the agenda for the area’s future.”