Pupils’ project is a sweet success!

Year four pupils at Kippax North J&I School have created a gingerbread village.'Rebecca Green and Ross Kemp
Year four pupils at Kippax North J&I School have created a gingerbread village.'Rebecca Green and Ross Kemp
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SWEET-toothed youngsters at Kippax North J&I School served up a tasty treat by creating a gingerbread village.

Year four pupils at the Brexdale Avenue school designed, baked and built the mouth-watering replica – complete with a church, factory and icing snow-covered homes.

The children worked with teacher Richard Howitt to complete the ambitious project, which is decorated in twinkling lights.

Chris Clark, learning mentor at the school, said: “The finished product is absolutely breathtaking – it looks and smells incredible.

“It was the children’s design and technology project and they worked with a variety of materials to create the village.

“They put a lot of hard work into the project and had to think about how they were going to join all the different elements together – some of it was trial and error, leaving things overnight to see if they’d set.

“They baked all of the gingerbread and had to leave it to cool before designing templates for all the different gingerbread panels.

“As well as designing homes, they also created a church and a factory. The finished village looks absolutely magical – especially when the lights are switched on.

“There’s so much detail – the church has a clock tower and the walls are covered in icing, to look like snow. They really had to think about the materials they could use to achieve that sort of effect.

“The children had so much fun making it and are so proud of it.

“I took hundreds of photographs as it was being built, which will go in our school celebration book.

“At the moment it’s still in their classroom, but we’re trying to find a place in the school where it can be displayed.”