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A local primary school has been helping children stay happy through art.

The happiest art challenge for children
The happiest art challenge for children

St. Michael’s-on-Wyre C.E. Primary School and Nursery ( held an art competition over the February half term, with the theme of happiness.

The competition was called ‘Somewhere over the Rainbow’ and children were encouraged to create a piece of art work whether that be drawing, painting, sculpture, digital art, collage to represent what makes them happy.

The competition grew from discussions with parents, and the theme was chosen in response to a number of things, including Children’s Mental Health week.

Somewhere over the rainbow art challenge helping children focus on a brighter future

This took place in February while the children were at home, remote learning. To help them cope with this, the school provided activities for the children each afternoon to focus on mental health and well-being.

This included things like taking part in the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch, joining a family scavenger hunt, doing some exercise and taking part in art activities.

The school also provided a different mindfulness activity each day while the whole school worship also focused on this and talked to the children about how activities such as these were ways of expressing themselves, and how important it was to relax and take the time to do things that they enjoy doing.

After such a difficult and disruptive year due to the effects of the coronavirus it seemed right to choose happiness as a theme as a way of looking forward, being positive and thinking about the brighter times ahead.

The power of art is helping all the pupils get through the pandemic

It also linked to the school’s Christian values of hope and creativity.

Children from across school entered and staff were overwhelmed by the children’s imagination and creativeness.

There were entries ranging from sculptures of rainbows and pets, entries where the children had baked biscuits and cakes, watercolour paintings of flowers and nature, digital collages of family and friends. The children could explain why they had chosen to create their artwork and what it was that made them feel happy.

Winners were chosen from each class and prizes and certificates given.

All of the work is now on display in the school hall, where they have created a mini art gallery to promote the message that good things and happy times will come and celebrate a positive message from the darkness of the pandemic.

The school currently has places available in both the nursery and main school. For more information, or to arrange a visit, please visit the website or contact: [email protected]