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Animex is the International Games and Animation Festival organised by Teesside University every year.

Our KS2 and KS1 children have taken part in the Animex Academy with the resources provided by Spark Tees Valley.

The classrooms around school were full excitement as the children in school engaged with the challenge set from Teesside University by creating the idea behind their own animated game. They listened to ‘Top Tips’ from industry professionals and learned the mechanics behind what makes a good team of game engineers before coming up with their concepts for a new game.

Mrs Pentney and Mrs Herlingshaw spoke with every year group as they were developing their ideas and it was a pleasure to witness the creativity of our pupils! 

Below are some quotes from our children and staff from today as well as all the photos. 

You can clearly tell how much the children enjoyed the day focused around careers related learning.


“I really can’t wait to be creative and design my own characters for my game. I have so many ideas I can use for my inspiration, and I enjoyed listening to the top tips from the real game designers!

Jemina, a Normanby Primary Digital Ambassador

“Today has really inspired me! When I am older, I want to go to Teesside University and learn even more about game design and animation!”

Matthew, Year 5

“I’ve just loved everything about today! Can we do this every day?”

Ava, Year 5, Normanby Primary School

“All our children are completely engaged in the Animex challenge, so much so, they even opted to stay in and continue with their learning over breaktime!”

Mrs Foden, Year 3 Teacher

“My class memorised the top tips from the real-life gamers by heart and used them during their designs! We could even recite them fully by the end of the day! “

Mrs Pink, Year 3 Teacher

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