Pupils celebrate 70 years of NHS

Year 2 pupils from East Lea primary school celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS with special artwork project.
Year 2 pupils from East Lea primary school celebrate the 70th birthday of the NHS with special artwork project.

Children from a Cramlington school got arty for the NHS’ 70th birthday.

Year 2 pupils at Eastlea Primary School worked alongside staff from the Northumbria Hospital at Cramlington on a creative project.

Children from the school were challenged to create artwork for the NHS anniversary celebrations.

And class teacher Hannah Betham was proud of how the children took to the project.

She said: “It has been a fantastic opportunity for the children and they have truly showcased what they can do.”

The work began when a number of staff from the NHS visited the class.

They spoke about the health service and how it has changed over the years since being set up in 1948 by health secretary Aneurin Bevan.

The children were then set a challenge to create poems, bunting, pictures and a collage that could be displayed in the hospital.

They were able to draw on their learning about Florence Nightingale to make comparisons between hospitals in the 1800s and the modern day.

Pupils were able to ask questions on the changes in nursing to help with their work.

A visit has now been made to the hospital to see the finished artwork and birthday cake was provided to celebrate.

Eastlea Primary School is situated in Durham Road, Northburn Lea. To find out more about the school and its latest projects, visit http://www.eastlea.northumberland.sch.uk/website/home/94557