Pupils get to work on the Sistine Chapel

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Painting the Sistine Chapel was no problem for pupils at a school in Bedford.

Michaelangelo might have made a marathon effort create the amazing scene at the chapel in Rome.

But the creative youngsters at Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School in Bedford made it much simpler - they just lay underneath their desks and got out the paint brushes!

The project has helped the pupils fully appreciate how difficult the task was for Michaelangelo.

The unusual art class was part of this term’s topic entitled ‘A rumble in your tummy’, where the children explore food from around the world and also discovere different cultures in each country.

Pupils are studying Italian culture, which began with a visit to a local pizzeria to make and eat their own pizzas.

Back in class, the four and five-year-olds produced some fabulous pieces of art, now on the classroom ceiling.

Reception team leader, Mrs Coates, said: “We wanted the children to understand how difficult it must have been for Michaelangelo to paint while lying on his back so this seemed like the perfect way to do it.

“Needless to say, the children loved the experience and the art is now on display for all to see.”

The next stage will involve the children ‘visiting’ Greece and learning about Greek traditions, such as plate smashing.