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Children have got creative to celebrate Children Art's Week.

The competition involved pupils from Heartwood CE VC Primary School in Swaffham and was organised by the developer Barratt Homes which is building homes nearby at Ceres Rise.

The children were asked to draw or paint something important to their local area.

Children's Art Week was created by Engage and the National Association for Gallery Education. It aims to encourage schoolchildren all over the UK to get involved in creative activities.

B&DWC - 21072232 - Mollie-Mae with her art set and drawing with Teaching Assistant Kayleigh Dunton (58229524)
B&DWC - 21072232 - Mollie-Mae with her art set and drawing with Teaching Assistant Kayleigh Dunton (58229524)

Jen Robbins, art and design lead at Heartwood CE VC Primary School, said: “At our school, art is an important part of the curriculum; we believe it is vital for children to have the opportunity to learn and enjoy arts from an early age.

"We encourage our children to explore and express their creativity through art and support them to develop their skills to build self-confidence and a sense of pride and achievement.

"We are always keen to partake in community projects and we were delighted when Barratt Homes contacted us about this project, and our after-school art club enjoyed linking their art to landmarks in our community.”

A lot of excellent entries were received. The winner was seven-year-old Mollie-Mae whose painting included the famous Buttercross in Swaffham.

On top of this monument is a statue of the Roman goddess of the harvest, Ceres from which the name of Barratt Homes's development derives.

In recognition of her winning entry, Mollie-Mae received an 85-piece art set from Barratt Homes.

Will Phair, sales director at Barratt Homes Cambridgeshire, said: “The pupils at Heartwood CE VC Primary School produced some wonderful artwork and choosing our winner was hard, but a big congratulation to Mollie-Mae for her winning piece.

"We hope our competition for Children’s Art Week inspired the students at the school to be creative, whilst also allowing them to think what makes their local area special.”

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