Pupils at Little Melton Primary School create animated films about 1908 Olympics

Children at a south Norfolk school followed in the footsteps of Nick Park with their own Wallace and Gromit-style animations – but with an Olympics theme.

Youngsters at Little Melton Primary School got the opportunity last Monday to design and create short animated films about the 1908 Olympics, using storyboards and Plasticine models and based on their own research about the Victorian period.

Headteacher Joan Hughes said: 'They picked out some facts they liked from their own research and based their films on that.

'It really brought home to them how much work goes into making even a short animated film – it was a real eye-opener for them and a great opportunity to use teamwork.'

Each group of five pupils had a director, an editor, someone responsible for the models, someone responsible for the artwork and someone on sound.

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The youngsters were helped by ERM CIC, a Norwich-based not-for-profit organisation set up last year to work with schools and community groups on activities such as animations, art workshops and film-making.

The animations – including ones created by pupils at Hethersett Junior School and Cringleford Primary School – will eventually be shown on the big screen at the Forum in Norwich and on the internet, with links from the schools' websites.

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