ARCTIC winds have sent temperatures plummeting across Huddersfield.
So where better to enjoy lessons than in an igloo?
That was the project facing kids at Skelmanthorpe First and Nursery School and now they are enjoying lessons with a difference.
Traditionally, of course, igloos are built out of blocks of snow.
But even though it’s been bitingly cold in Huddersfield, we haven’t had the snowfall needed to provide those raw materials.
So class teacher Angela Rafferty and the children from Year 2 did the next best thing – they collected plastic milk bottles by the hundred.
Now their igloo is in pride of place in the school garden and providing a great classroom in which to study the Arctic.
Angela said: “That was the project for this term and the children, who are aged six and seven, learned about igloos.
“We did a little research on the internet and found an igloo built of milk cartons in America. We decided to copy that idea and put out an appeal for cartons.
“It seems everyone in the village helped out and we managed to collect 600 plastic containers, enough to start the build.
“Three mums – Amanda Carey, Sarah Taylor and Mandy Walker – volunteered to help and found themselves working long and hard.
“But it’s a great result and the children love it. Six of them can get in there at once and we have put in some fur coats so they keep warm.
“They are doing various projects about the Arctic while using the igloo”.
And the new classroom is set to stay.
The children have decided to “rent” it to their fellow school friends so that other classes can enjoy lessons in the new year.