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Congratulations to the winners of our School Life in the Dykes Art Competition! We received 73 pictures via email from Reception through to Year Six both from those that have returned to school as well as those still being home schooled. Unsurprisingly, we had a very tough time choosing the winners and runners up in each year group! The winners will receive a Minibeast Explorer Kit and the runners up a Pencil Case Set all kindly donated by RSPB Strumpshaw our key partner running the Connecting Communities Project within Water, Mills and Marshes LPS.

The dykes (drainage ditches) of the Broads National Park are home to a number of extremely rare and fascinating animals such as the Fen Raft Spider, Norfolk Hawker Dragonfly, Little Whirlpool Ramshorn Snail and plants like the Water Soldier and carnivorous Bladderwort. Many of the National Park’s dykes are designated and protected as Sites of Special Scientific Interest because of the rare plant and animal communities that live within them.

Students were asked to use our web post, Life in the Dykes, as inspiration and submit a collage using natural materials collected from their garden, school grounds, local park or on their family walk. Their pictures could be either a portrait of an individual animal or the landscape as a whole. It was great to see how imaginative the students were at transforming flowers, gravel, leaves, mud and bark into a variety of animals!

Again a BIG Thank you to everyone for sending us your pictures, we loved them all, and of course a big Congratulations to the Winning 7!

Here are the winners and runners up for each year group:


Reception Winner from Pakefield Primary

Reception Runner Up from White House Farm Primary










Year 1

Year 1 Winner from Elm Tree Primary

Year 1 Runner Up from Corton Primary










Year 2

Year 2 Winner from Elm Tree Primary

Year 2 Runner Up from Pakefield Primary










Year 3

Year 3 Winner Pakefield Primary

Year 3 Runner Up from Pakefield Primary










Year 4

Year 4 Winner from Elm Tree Primary

Year 4 Runner Up from Reedham Primary







Year 5

Year 5 Winner from Pakefield Primary

Year 5 Runner Up St. Mary’s Primary







Year 6

Year 6 Winner from Elm Tree Primary

Year 6 Runner Up from St. Mary’s Primary