PRIMARY school children enjoyed exploring their new forest classroom thanks to the help of one parent.

Youngsters at Christ the King RC Primary School spent the day getting to grips with the new outdoor learning space built by parent and local contractor and landscaper Phil Riley.

The space created at the Healey Court school comprises of seating for 35 children, a blackboard and whiteboard and a number of benches.

It is located within the school’s playing field.

Other facilities at the new forest school include a fire pit where children can build fires and toast marshmallows, a wigwam base for den hunting and huge picnic benches.

The facilities have been realised thanks to funding from Burnley Council, the Friends of Christ the King School and from Bolton-based manufacturer Cosatto.

Lisa Clegg, a member of staff at the school, said: “We secured funding for the project from the local council after we decided we wanted to be a forest school. One of the parents works at a company called Cosatto and managed to get some funding from them to.

“The rest of the money needed came from the Friends of Christ the King School, who hold a number of different fundraising events throughout the year to raise money. Recently they held a curry night and there is an infant and junior school disco coming up also.

“The outdoor classes are a great way for kids to get outdoors and explore.

“It’s something the school have always wanted to do.”

Headteacher Catherine Barnes said: “The outdoor facilities also include a polytunnel for plants and raised beds for flowers.

“The facilities are a chance for children to have outdoor lessons and learn about the environment.

“It’s great to see it opened to children.

The official opening of the new facilities will take place at the school’s summer fair on July 15 between 11am and 2pm and is open to all parents and pupils.