Children with world in their hands

children at Lady Elizabeth Hastings Primary School at Collingham, Wetherby are learning what it really means to have the world on their shoulders thanks to Red Ladder Theatre Company’s project Little Worlds.

Year 5 pupil Milly Wightman shows off her work to grandparents Christine and Ian Wightman. Over 12 weeks, pupils worked in groups to build and look after their own worlds – papier mache landscapes complete with rivers, hospitals, forests, theme parks and 100 citizens. Pupils have dealt with problems such as natural disasters, government intervention and climate change. Yesterday children marked the end of the project by inviting parents and grandparents to explore issues that affect the real world.

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Picture: Tony Johnson