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)
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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.