Sea of Dreams

The ‘Sea of Dreams’ was a multi sensory experience to showcase the written and creative work of the children of Helsby Hillside Primary School.

The project which was based on the text ‘Sea of Dreams’ by Dennis Nolan, commenced on the 16th of June 2015 when we undertook a whole school trip to the seaside and aquarium at Rhyl. 


As part of our work to enhance our curriculum provision the ‘Sea of Dreams’ project provided the opportunity to

  • Further develop creativity and enhance the children’s experiences.
  • A professional development opportunity to share and develop knowledge, techniques and skills.
  • Provide an opportunity to engage the whole wider community.
  • Afford the school a platform to share practice and creative work with other professionals. 
  • Provide the children with an audience and purpose to showcase and celebrate their work.

The Project

Led by our talented and inspirational staff, the children worked in a variety of mediums and written genres over a period of three weeks. Their work culminated in the exhibition you can see below. 

Enhancing provision

Alongside this teacher led work, the project enabled the children to work with different artists (Andy Leigh – A multi-media artist & Sarah Gallagher-Hayes – A willow weaver), take part in an art day run by Helsby High School (Helen Adams & Nadine Garside) and also participate in a writing morning run by The Literacy Company.

Engaging the community

The project engaged other local educational establishments including three of our feeder pre-schools / nurseries (Helsby Preschool, Homestead Day Nursery and Badger’s Barn Day Nursery) and our Local High school (Helsby High).

It enabled us to involve the community with parents and carers coming into school to support our creative work and also offer their skills. The parents and local community also kindly donated materials and items which enhanced our work. It truly would not have been possible without their involvement and support.

Please enjoy the photographs, videos and see what people thought of our exhibition by clicking the links below. 


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Contact the School

Helsby Hillside Primary School

Bates Lane
Helsby, Frodsham
Cheshire, WA6 9LN

Headteacher: Mr C Richardson
School Contacts: Mrs F MacCready
& Mrs S Tregilgas

Tel: 01928 722991