Sea creatures and mad hatter inspire Dagenham pupils in Big Draw

PUBLISHED: 15:02 24 October 2016 | UPDATED: 15:02 24 October 2016

Children taking part in the Big Draw at Monteagle Primary School in Dagenham

Children taking part in the Big Draw at Monteagle Primary School in Dagenham


The therapeutic benefits of drawing were explored by pupils when their school hall was transformed into a mad hatter’s tea party.

Teachers dressed as march hares and sea creatures served as inspiration for Monteagle Primary School’s Big Draw on Friday.

Assistant headteacher Katie Teage said artistic exploration was vital for pupils’ health and encourages curiosity in the classroom.

“We were engaging the creative side of their brain, which we want them to use all the time,” she said. “The children were fantastic and really excited to draw their teachers in their costumes.”

It was the Burnham Road school’s first go at Big Draw, a nationwide scheme encouraging artistic development. Food artist Nathan Wyburn also visited the school on Tuesday.

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