YOUNGSTERS at a school that celebrated its 90th anniversary last year are cooking up a treat in a new dedicated room.

The cookery room was created at Roseberry Primary and Nursery School at Pelton, near Chester-le-Street, during a remodelling and refurbishment of its buildings.

The room is thought to be the only one of its kind in the county and pupils are now learning about cookery and English, Maths, Science and Geography in it.

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Headteacher June Lee said: "When deciding a curriculum which suited our pupils’ needs, it was unanimous that the theme of ‘Live Well, Live Long’ was a popular choice of governors, staff, parents and pupils.

"The children are learning all sorts of things through a medium which they thoroughly enjoy, whilst also learning about healthy food and developing their cooking skills."

Pupils in Years 3 and 4 have made potage ,a kind of soup, which was part of a topic on the Tudors, and older pupils have made and compared traditional bread with Egyptian flatbread.

The children developed their scientific knowledge of micro-organisms while mixing the yeast and increased their mathematical skills by altering quantities in the recipes.

They shared their experiences with pupils from El Alsson School in Cairo, Egypt, with whom they have been exchanging e-mails, as part of their Geography topic on Egypt.

Bethany Wozencroft, a Year 6 pupil, said: "It was really fun making the bread and I enjoyed working as part of a team.

"The Egyptian flatbread was my favourite as it was sweet and had a better taste.

"I will probably try to make my own bread when I grow up."