Children at a Crowthorne school headed outside for a Christmas party in the grounds of Wellington College, in Duke’s Ride.

Youngsters from Our Lady’s Preparatory School, in The Avenue, enjoyed singing carols including 'We Wish You A Merry Christmas’ earlier this month and were also delighted to see Rudolph the Reindeer, Father Christmas and one of his elves.

The trio delivered a delicious lunch which was eaten in no time, and a demonstration of how to make popcorn.

The children listened carefully for the popping noises and were then able to share the popcorn amongst them. Our Lady’s is now a 'forest school’, meaning it provides pupils with outdoor experiences during the school day.

Forest school leader Louise Page said: “It was a fun festive forest school day. After lunch we continued to sing Christmas songs while making decorations with wooden discs for the children to take home and hang on their tree. We finished the session by drinking freshly made hot chocolate brewed in our storm kettle and toasted marshmallows on the open fire.” Schoolchildren also entertained the people of Wokingham town centre by singing carols on the morning of Saturday, December 14.

The children were joined by new music teacher Emma Hawksley in front of the Town Hall, in Market Square, to sing a selection of new and traditional festive tunes, including Jingle Bells and Frosty the Snowman.

Mrs Hawksley said, “The children have worked all term on this and sang everything by memory – quite impressive considering some were as young as four years old. Despite the cold, everyone enjoyed themselves and sang beautifully.”