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Ahoy there! Families in pirate craft session

Enjoying a pirate themed craft session are l-r Khalem Baker, ten, Eve Jones, 11, Mia Mattison, ten, and grandparents Terrence Jones, 67, and Ann Jones, 62, both of Keadby.  Picture: Liz Mockler E1554LM

Enjoying a pirate themed craft session are l-r Khalem Baker, ten, Eve Jones, 11, Mia Mattison, ten, and grandparents Terrence Jones, 67, and Ann Jones, 62, both of Keadby. Picture: Liz Mockler E1554LM

SWASHBUCKLING pupils at an Isle primary school got stuck into a pirate themed craft session - with a little help from family members.

Pupils at Crowle Primary School were tasked with using their imagination to create a number of fun board games - all influenced by buccaneers and treasure raiders of the high seas.

The 10 and 11-year-olds were helped by family members, including brothers, parents and grandparents, who visited the school to assist with the gluing, cutting and sticking.

Together they turned household materials such as paper, pencils and kitchen roll holders into board games.

Their creations came complete with themes of pirate flags, treasure chests, sandy desert islands and eye patch wearing pirates.

Tracy Hotchin, 34, assistant headteacher, said: “The sessions are a great way for the pupils and their families to spend time together.

“We get parents and also grandparents and siblings coming in. I think they enjoy it just as much as the students do.

“The pupils create something around a theme which has been to do with what topics they have been learning in the classroom.

“This term has had the title ‘Land Ahoy’ so we asked them to see what they had around the house and bring it in to make board games.

“They came up with some really creative ideas.

“Some of the games had 3D features, such as palm trees and treasure chests.

“They had things like fake gold coins as prizes for the game winners.

“One of them even made a pirate ship with the game on the deck on top of it.”

She added: “Some of the pupils worked in small groups, others just with their family members and others wanted to work on their own.

“They obviously had a go on the games as well which they all enjoyed doing.

“It is a really fun way of learning and the students always look forward to the sessions.

“Activities such as this help them to think outside of the box and it develops their creativity. Parents can also see the work were doing in school.”

A group of about pupils made the board games last Tuesday afternoon.

They will play the games in school against pupils from others classes this week.

Pupils can then take them home to use for games evenings with the family.

The activity was part of the Inspire Afternoon sessions, which have been held at the school each week for about the last three years.

Each class takes turns in putting their own creative spin on subjects they have been taught from textbooks and off the chalk board.

Previous topics have covered the environment and rainforests, shadow puppets, rockets and even aliens.

 

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