Primary school pupils’ work goes on display at South Shields arts venue

Photos on display at the Simonside Primary School photo exhibition the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid
Photos on display at the Simonside Primary School photo exhibition the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

The thoughts and images of a group of primary school pupils on what makes a person beautiful have gone on display.

Youngsters from Simonside Primary School in Jarrow have created an exhibition using photos and poetry based around the theme of beauty.

Simonside Primary School pupil Skye Lister in front of a photograph of herself at the opening of their photo exhibition in the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

Simonside Primary School pupil Skye Lister in front of a photograph of herself at the opening of their photo exhibition in the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

The display at The Customs House in Mill Dam, South Shields, is part of an immersive learning project which started in January - with the question what things make people beautiful?

The students were given the chance to interview people with a range of disabilities, learn photography skills and now have their work on display at the arts venue.

Year Six teacher Emma Anderson said: “The project has been fabulous and they have shown great maturity when working with people with disabilities.

“It has helped them to appreciate more what challenges people with disabilities have to face on a daily basis.

The children have been really excited to show off their work to parents and to have it in the Customs House makes it even more special for them.

Emma Anderson

“We approached the Customs House to ask if we could display our work and they agreed.

“It’s something the parents can come along and see and it’ll be nice to get feedback from the general public.

“The children have been really excited to show off their work to parents, and to have it in the Customs House makes it even more special for them.”

As part of the project the pupils were treated to a showing of film The Greatest Showman, which focuses on people with a range of disabilities.

Simonside Primary School pupils (left to right) Callum Raw, Matthew Wilson, Cassius Soudi and John Donnelly in front of their photograph at the opening of the photo exhibition in the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

Simonside Primary School pupils (left to right) Callum Raw, Matthew Wilson, Cassius Soudi and John Donnelly in front of their photograph at the opening of the photo exhibition in the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

Simonside Primary School pupils (left to right) Callum Raw, Matthew Wilson, Cassius Soudi and John Donnelly pictured in a photo in the photo exhibition at the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

Simonside Primary School pupils (left to right) Callum Raw, Matthew Wilson, Cassius Soudi and John Donnelly pictured in a photo in the photo exhibition at the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

Simonside Primary School pupil Emily Eglintine with her poem at the opening of the exhibition in the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

Simonside Primary School pupil Emily Eglintine with her poem at the opening of the exhibition in the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

A photo on display at the Simonside Primary School photo exhibition the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid

A photo on display at the Simonside Primary School photo exhibition the Customs House. Picture by Frank Reid