BRITAIN is famed for producing inventors throughout history – and a new initiative at a primary school could help children discover their inventive side.

Pupils at Belsay Primary School can now have a go at designing and creating whatever they can think of, thanks to a new Invention Shed.

Headteacher Clare Cantwell explained how the shed works in the school setting.

She said: “The children will have training in all the tools and materials, and then they get to choose what they make.

“It’s a proper tool shed and they’re trained to use it.

“It’s gone down really really well. I think there’s a real buzz about it all.

“All of the kids are using it from reception upwards.”

The shed is part of a scheme created by House of Objects a centre based in North Tyneside.

The centre provides practical solutions for creative learning by providing the tools, resources and training opportunities to allow children to express themselves creatively.

The centre also aims to promote environmental awareness through what it describes as “creative recycling”.

Belsay Primary School’s shed, which is powered by solar panels and stocked with recycled materials, is one of 30 similar sheds in schools across the country.

Jyl Friggens, known as a ‘sheducator’, has been working with children at the school since the start of the year to teach them how to use the equipment.

The idea to put a shed at the school came about after members of the PTA experienced House of Object’s work with their own children.

Local businesses including the Ray Wind Farm Trust, Belsay Estate, Bellway Homes, Thompson’s of Prudhoe, Entek and the Stephen Middleton Charity Trust all contributed to the shed.

Miss Cantwell added: “The Invention Shed is a new initiative mainly funded by the PTA with support from the local community.

“I think it will be very useful for the children’s independence in decided what projects to build.

“They have these ideas about what they want to do and it can be harder than they thought. I think it gives them valuable lessons.”

Children have been using the shed since the start of term, but it was officially opened last Tuesday.