A RURAL primary school has been making the most of its outside space and has been able to welcome all pupils back to class.

Kell Bank Church of England Primary School, near Masham, has been able to open to all children for some time each week after opening for the first 'bubble' in early June when reception and year one pupils returned.

A school spokesman said: "All the children have adapted to the ‘new normal’ incredibly well.

"It has been great to hear their chatter and laughter, and to see them enjoying each other’s company.

"The mental health and well-being of each child has been the utmost priority and the children have been encouraged to share and talk about their experiences during lockdown."

In order to support the transition of the year six children to secondary school, pupils joined a class at Thornton Watlass, making new friends in preparation for their move in September.

The children paired with Thornton Watlass have been taking part in socially distanced activities for the North Yorkshire School Games Virtual Team Challenges.

A spokesman said: "Parents and governors are impressed with the commitment of all the staff, both during the closure and the reopening, with the children’s well-being, home learning and supporting of parents."