Denver Primary School pupils with their beautiful blooms. Pictures: Ian Burt

The last day lessons for many pupils saw youngsters at one West Norfolk school spend time making Mother’s Day posies.

Children at Denver Primary School used flowers, foliage and ribbons to make gifts to take home and spread some cheer.

The colourful arrangements helped to brighten up Friday, which was the last day at school for many pupils in the county.

Amanda Dawson, the chairman of governors, said: “The making of the Mothering Sunday posies with the ladies from Denver Church is a long-held annual tradition and something the children, the ladies from the church and the recipients look forward to every year.  

“It was fantastic that we were able to maintain the tradition this year, even though the ladies from the church were unable to attend, and prematurely end the term with very happy children creating some beautiful posies.”

Schools have now closed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak except for children of key workers and those following education, care and health plans.

There are 422 schools in Norfolk and a county council spokesman said education leaders had been working “day and night to put a plan in place to ensure children across the county are safe, have continuity of education and that vital services can continue to run”.

Sara Tough, executive director of children’s services, said: “School leaders, teachers and governors are doing fantastic work in the most testing of circumstances.  

“Their role is vital in the national effort to fight this disease.”

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