Crickets for tea? Yum!

Pupils from Kirk Hammerton and Staveley schools around their campfire. (S)
Pupils from Kirk Hammerton and Staveley schools around their campfire. (S)

Pupils from Kirk Hammerton and Staveley primary schools joined forces for a special outdoor learning experience.

Sixty-two children spent a night in the great outdoors on school fields learning how to build shelters, cooking on and singing round a camp fire, playing team games and erecting and sleeping in a tent.

The two schools share a headteacher, and acting headteacher Mr Jo Cooper said the experience was “a once in a lifetime opportunity for some of our pupils.”

He added: “We aim to bring together the pupils from our two schools on a regular basis so they can build new friendships and take part in challenges together. It is a delight to see the children push their own personal boundaries whilst having lots of fun.”

Poppy, a Staveley pupil said: “My favourite part was making friends with the Kirk Hammerton children and making hot chocolate.”

But the highlight for some was their own “Bushtucker challenge” – the chance to eat cricket and meal worm pancakes.

The programme was run by ‘Under Canvas’, a specialist company run by outdoor education experts Sinan Osman and Ian Bell.