Young eco-warriors at Ingoldisthorpe Primary School are busy working towards a prestigious green award.

The school has already achieved an internationallyrecognised silver Eco-Schools award.

Now pupils have their sights set on the top accolade – the Green Flag award.

Headteacher Keith Twaite said the whole school was getting involved with a range of eco-friendly activites, including a weekly litter pick.

The children have also been building frog and hedgehog homes, making their own bird feeders and planting flowers to attract bees and other wildlife to their garden.

“We’re also looking at various projects to do with saving energy in school,” Mr Twaites said.

“We have an eco-group which reads the electric meter every week and it will be making bar graphs to show how much energy we are using.

“We have a litter pick every Friday and weigh the litter so we can try and find less each week.”

Youngsters attending the school’s Little Owls pre-school have also been learning about caring for the environment.

“They take part in everything we do in school,” Mr Twaites added.

Reception and pre-school teacher Lucy Howarth said this week the younger children had been looking for wildlife on a bug hunt and made bird feeders for the garden using fat and seeds.

The school, in Shernborne Road, hopes to earn its Green Flag by this time next year and will be assessed by volunteers with the Keep Britain Tidy charity when the time comes.