A TEACHER from Darlington is launching a socially distanced Forest School programme to provide children with foreign language classes.

Children in Darlington and wider areas will soon have the opportunity to learn a new language in a new interactive Forest School environment.

This is thanks to a new innovative program being launched by Lingotot Darlington.

Lucy Cass, who has been leading the language classes in Darlington since 2015, has continued to provide interactive, engaging and child-centred online classes throughout lockdown.

As of this summer children aged 0-12 will be able to join in learning a new language through songs, stories and play in a range of natural settings such as forests and woodland, all compliant with the governments social distancing measures.

Lingotot’s founder and CEO, Angela Sterling, said: "We really miss our children all across the country! It's great seeing them in online classes but it's not quite the same as hearing them giggle and respond to a new language in real life.