CHILDREN at an Otley school have been enjoying the Spring weather in their new outdoor classroom.

Otley Town Mayor Councillor Nigel Francis officially opened the facility at The Whartons Primary on Friday, May 4.

Parents had also been invited along to enjoy the occasion, and afternoon tea, as a token of thanks for their support.

The Parents Association says the local community really got behind the project by organising everything from cake stalls, Christmas fayres and film afternoons.

Headteacher Julia Dickson said the all-weather outdoor classroom, which has been built within the school's wildlife area, would be well used.

She said: "The school vision of regularly using the outdoor environment to enhance learning experiences has been a key driver in our curriculum for the past four years, and had a positive impact.

"The opening afternoon saw the sun come out - allowing guests time to enjoy their tea and cake in the wildlife area and explore the wider outdoor classroom.

"Cllr Francis then went into the school to see a special montage showing the children’s learning experiences.

"The new classroom has been opened for National Outdoor Classroom Day, which takes place this year on Thursday, May 17.

"This day is part of a global campaign to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play, emphasising its importance on children’s health and wellbeing as well as their engagement in learning outside."