PUPILS at a primary school in Heaton have got into the Easter spirit a week early by creating a new art installation at the school.

Heaton St Barnabas’ Primary School, in Rossefield Road, has celebrated this weekend’s holiday by creating an unusual piece of art in the school grounds using everyone’s favourite Easter treat – Easter eggs.

Pupils and their families were tasked with designing their own eggs using whatever materials they wanted at home, and then brought them in to hang on a willow tree in the school grounds.

Diane Smith, headteacher, said: "The children have created some fantastic eggs, I think we had more than 150 on the tree.

"There were all kinds of designs, from traditional scenes to more modern takes, made of plastic, papier mache and even rubber bands, and pupils could do whatever design they wanted.

"It's really important growing up in an inclusive society to make sure children respect different faiths and understand them, and activities like this help develop that respect."

Mrs Smith also paid tribute to the school's art coordinator Yvonne Peacock for organising the art installation, and to all the families of pupils for getting involved in the project.