Pupils get up close with nature.

Youngsters at two West Norfolk schools have enjoyed  seeing animals and insects “grow and change” before their eyes.

As part of a “growing and changing” topic, Heacham pupils have been watching caterpillars and their development into painted lady butterflies, which they were then able to release into the wild.

Children at Snettisham Primary meanwhile enjoyed meeting lambs from the village’s Park Farm.

“Seeing these creatures first-hand enables our pupils to gain valuable insights, enhancing progress and enriching their educational experience,” said Emma Hunt, executive deputy headteacher at both schools, which are part of West Norfolk Academies Trust.

As part of the topic by the early years and foundation studies pupils, they were asked questions about how they had changed since birth and how much animal babies also changed.

“They were completely intrigued by the caterpillar to butterfly transformation and have enjoyed watching the whole process take place. 

“The children at Snettisham loved the lambs when they visited, it was really nice to have them at our school,” said Mrs Hunt.

Most of the children at Snettisham Primary School have also visited the Wild Ken Hill  estate recently.

They “hunted” mini-beasts and classified them before building bug hotels to provide shelter for them. 

Pupils at Heacham are due to visit the site during the autumn term.