Mud, frogs and masses of fun at Church Fenton

STUDY: At the Blakey Brothers Wood at Church Fenton are Kirk Fenton Primary School pupils Kiera Thompson and Maddie Jones with Craig Blakey and volunteer Jenny Jones.  (BUY THIS PHOTO L7043TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

STUDY: At the Blakey Brothers Wood at Church Fenton are Kirk Fenton Primary School pupils Kiera Thompson and Maddie Jones with Craig Blakey and volunteer Jenny Jones. (BUY THIS PHOTO L7043TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

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NINETY children from Kirk Fenton Primary School left their classroom to spend a day getting closer to nature.

The seven to 11 year olds bused out to the Blakey brothers’ reserve at Church Fenton for a mass of hands-on activity.

They got wet and muddy and had a great time spotting frogs and dragonflies, as they built dens and collected natural and man-made items for study, the Times was told.

One favourite session was spent making soup you wouldn’t want to eat at the reserve pond, for inclusion in pupils’ list of revolting recipes.

Key stage two teacher Jane MacDonald said: “The children financed their own travel by their own enterprise – by holding a non-uniform day and selling cakes. It was all part of it, and we had a fantastic, hands-on interactive day. Later in the day we did atmospheric writing at outdoor tables and also some work on the countryside code. We’ll definitely go again.”