Funding from Sunderland’s West Area Committee and Heritage Lottery Fund is helping pupils at St Anne’s RC Primary School take an artistic approach to the The Tall Ships Races Sunderland 2018.

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens are working with St Anne’s RC Primary School and No Limits Theatre to deliver a Tall Ships Arts Award Project, linked to the current Port 300 Exhibition (supported by Heritage Lottery Fund.)

Participating pupils will learn new facts and information about the history of the river and port in Sunderland through the theatre show and follow up activities and visits. In addition to school sessions, 4 classes have visited the Port 300 exhibition at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens to explore the history of the river and port and respond creatively to what they have seen.

Councillor Peter Gibson, Chair of Sunderland’s West Area Committee said: “We are pleased to be able to help such a fantastic project. The aim to increase the pupil’s sense of place and pride in their local area and of course the wider city is one, we are very happy to support.

“I urge everyone, young and old to get excited for the arrival of the Tall Ships in July. This project is a great example of just one of many ways people can be involved in what I’m sure will be a magnificent occasion.”

Museum staff and actors from No Limits visited the school earlier today and delivered a whole school assembly called ‘Jack Ahoy’. Based on characters and events along the River Wear and Port for the past 200 years, the assembly is told through the eyes of a crow.

The assembly with links to Jack Crawford’s life, his ship, The Venerable and the upcoming Tall Ships Races coming in July, was followed by drama workshops exploring the jobs on-board a ship and object handling and archive sessions. Teachers will use the Museum’s Port 300 resource pack with history materials and art activity ideas to develop a whole school project. This project will culminate with a school participation in the West Area Tall Ships event in June and the Tall Ships festival in July.

Pupils participating in the drama workshops and museum visits will gain a Discover in a Day arts award. This will include finding out about an artist (No Limits Theatre actors/maritime painters), finding out about art, making art and sharing art. Each pupil will receive a certificate from the awarding body, Trinity College.

Tara Scott, Art Co-ordinator atSt Anne’s RC Primary School said: “We are fully committed to delivering the highest quality artistic and heritage experience to our pupils. Learning these new skills, meeting artists and practitioners and visiting new places will increase their confidence and awareness of the wider world

We aim to inspire and prepare them for the arrival of the Tall Ships in Sunderland in July 2018. It is great to see the excitement already building across the school and the local community.”

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, in partnership with No Limits Theatre, have developed a new teacher’s pack and approach to working with schools for the upcoming Tall Ships outreach programme.