Schoolchildren enjoy Oscar-themed event

Chairman of the governors Peter Mitchener and headteacher Libby Wyatt, with Year 2 pupils Lucy, Charlie and Gene

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First published in News Basingstoke Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

CHILDREN dressed in Hollywood glamour to walk down a red carpet at an Oscar-themed event to celebrate their work.

The youngsters from Kings Furlong Infant School, in Basingstoke, were presented with their very own trophies at a ceremony watched by their proud families.

The pupils, from Years 1 and 2, spent four weeks working on animation films which were then shown at the awards ceremony.

Heather Maycock, an English leader at the school who co-ordinated the project, said: “Their work was based on the story Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers.

“They worked in groups to create animation films. They made models for their characters and settings for the background. They filmed them in the same way as Wallace and Gromit is filmed, took pictures and then moved the characters.”

The children recorded two minutes worth of film, using nearly 1,000 different pictures.

Mrs Maycock added: “They did it all themselves. They wrote the stories and did the voice overs. The Oscars was a celebration of all that.”

Members of staff pretended to be paparazzi taking pictures of the children as they arrived, and they also heard a video message from Mr Jeffers, who congratulated them on their efforts.

Around 300 parents came to watch the ceremony at the school, in Upper Chestnut Drive.

Mrs Maycock said: “The children absolutely loved it – they were so excited. It was so wonderful to have such a good turnout and the children were completely engaged. To have a real author actually seeing their work and giving them praise about it was amazing.”

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