PUPILS at a South Tyneside school have been learning how to live off the land.
Children at Marine Park Primary School, in Hatfield Square, South Shields, are growing their own vegetables.
The green-fingered youngsters have been having horticultural lessons in their new community garden and outdoor learning space.
Headteacher Alison Burden said: “The children have been out in the garden learning all about where their vegetables come from.
“They’ve been planting them and watching them grow before harvesting them, and we even cook them outdoors.
“They’ve made some lovely vegetable soups and stews, and they’ve even used strawberries to make sauce for their ice cream.
“They absolutely love it and so do the parents. They can come in to the community garden as well to grow herbs and vegetables.”
Pupils have also been having lessons with horticultural artist Emma Norris once a week. She also leads an after school club with keen youngsters.
Mrs Burden added: “The children have lots of fun in the garden and they’ve learnt a lot as well.
“They can all tell you where carrots come from and how potatoes grow.
“They love going out and picking the veg and making something to eat with them.”
Coun John Anglin, the school’s chair of governors, said: “The school is an amazing one and it’s taken this different avenue with the garden, where they grow their own vegetables and cook them and eat them.
“It’s very important for the children to learn about things like this and this is the perfect way to engage them in it.”