CHILDREN at Inglewood Community Nursery and Infant School are active and enthusiastic.

Next week, youngsters at the school on School Road, Harraby, Carlisle, will be taking part in The Big Pedal run by Sustrans.

Headteacher Deborah Boekestein said: “We did really well last year as so many of us scooted or cycled to school that we won a new scooter pod for the front of school.

“Our PTFA bought us six scooters so that we can practise safely on the yard.

“In December, we won a runners-up prize of an Arctic Ice Crawler in a Lego competition and are taking it in turns to build it in our classrooms.

“In July, we were finalists in the ‘Design the Railway Station of the Future’ competition and four of us went to the Discovery Museum in Newcastle to showcase our design and talk about it.

“The model has pride of place in our Nurture Room.

“We have lots of time for classroom learning as well and really enjoy independent learning times.

“We are very lucky because school provides outdoor suits for all of nursery and reception so that we don’t get wet and can learn outside every day; each year 1 classroom has a covered decking area where we have giant bricks to build with and stages that we can perform on; each year 2 classroom has a small garden which we use for science experiments, growing plants and bird-watching.”

Everyone in the school has a pair of wellies.

Ms Boekestein said: “We love it when we can go on all the grassy areas – which are all around our classes but which you can’t see from the road.

“Visitors like coming to our school and we really enjoy Zoolab visiting Year 1, Chris the Denbuilder in Year 2 and Action Ants in reception.

“Mr Clark comes to school every week and teaches everyone lots of songs – next week year 1 are performing their Spring Thing and have even written a song to perform.

“Next term, Year 2 will write and perform their own end of year concert. These are just two of the things that helped us to win our Artsmark Silver Award in May 2018. Gold, here we come. We take part in the First Steps Gymnastics competition, with Miss Foster’s help, and summer reading schemes.”