Outdoor suited and booted pupils practice the Haka. Pictures: Paul Tibbs.

Pupils at Ingoldisthorpe Primary School have combined rugby world cup fever with their studies.

Headteacher Sean Wright  explained: “Pupils have been practising their rugby skills and warm-up routines in preparation for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

“As well as learning about the different nations taking part, Willow Class has also been learning New Zealand’s traditional Maori Haka dance.

“The dance was performed outdoors in the school’s new waterproofs.”

Mr Wright added: “It’s really important for the children to engage in robust physical activity.

“Using the outdoor environment to improve teaching and learning is at the heart of what we do.

“The children just love to learn outside. It’s fantastic to see our children making rapid progress in so many curriculum areas by engaging with the great outdoors.”

More than 100 waterproofs for pupils of all ages have been bought by the Friends of the school.

These will be used for activities which include den-building, maths, English and science. “Mr Wright said: “The emphasis is on building the children’s resilience, independence and team-work in an outdoor environment that nurtures creativity and exploration.”

The world cup campaign starts today and runs until October 31.