YOUNGSTERS from schools across the Five Towns took part in creative workshops on Tuesday as part of the first Open Futures children’s conference.
The event, at Airedale Infant School, was part of the Open Futures programme, which is designed to give children practical skills through four schemes – Grow It, Cook It, Ask It and Film It.
Airedale Infants has been involved in the curriculum-based initiative, which is funded and directed by the Helen Hamlyn Trust, for three years.
Christine White, year two teacher and Open Futures co-ordinator, said: “Open Futures broadens children’s interests and knowledge. It informs the curriculum and I think that’s the aim, especially in areas where children don’t get as many opportunities.
“We have got a fabulous garden and technical facilities for the Film It side, and we have a link with schools in India through the internet, so children at both schools can make films they upload and can watch. It’s very good.”
The children’s conference saw six children from year two and year six from Knottingley C of E, St Joseph’s J&I in Castleford, Redhill Primary, Oyster Park Primary and Airedale Primary coming to the school for a day of workshops.
Mrs White said: “There was a rolling programme so the children could have a go at all four strands and do all the activities. It was fantastic and one of the best things I have seen in the 20 years I have been here.
“It was wonderful to see the year six children working with the year two children, especially on the Film It strand. It was a great day.”