Explorers at a Cumbrian school are searching for a dinosaur after discovering an egg in their library.

Children at St James’ C of E Infant and Nursery School, on High Street, Whitehaven, were shocked to find the large egg and dinosaur footprints when they arrived at school on Monday morning.

As part of a special creative writing week, the youngsters are following the footsteps to learn more about who laid the egg.

Confused children don’t know where it came from so, during their investigation, they will visit the Beacon Museum’s dinosaur exhibition to see if they can identify the dinosaur’s footprint and find out what has visited the school.

Headteacher Michael Craig said: “We love to make our children’s learning memorable and get them excited.

“The children this week in each class will learn all about where the egg could have come from and investigate this deeply.

“We will make links to a wide variety of the curriculum and the children will have opportunities to be writers, scientists, artists and mathematicians. At the end of the week, we want children to remember this forever.”

‘Brick Dinos’, an exhibition running at the Beacon until September 30, showcases dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures built of Lego bricks, designed by Warren Elsmore and his team.

From tiny insects to four metre long raptor-like creatures, the Dino exhibition has been built in consultation with a leading palaeontologist to ensure all models are as accurate as possible.

The exhibition has been supported by Dino Fest, where visitors could discover critters that lived amongst the dinosaurs through fossil feeling sessions.

The first Dino Fest took place on July 28 and 29 alongside the Taste Cumbria festival before it returned for a second installment on August 25.