The Brathay Trust and St James’ CE Junior School have teamed up to provide students with a free ‘Take and Make’ bag.

Each week, pupils receive a bag with a follow along recipe for pupils to use and cook up a meal which serves four people.

It was initially just exclusively for Year Six pupils, but this was then extended to every child at the school after the Brathay Trust secured extra funding, with the bags being delivered to families over the half-term.

Carol Newton, office manager at the school, said: "It’s just been a fantastic thing for the school to be involved in. The children are learning new life skills and the parents are enjoying watching their children doing the cooking. When the parents send the photos through, the children are so happy and chuffed with themselves that they have been able to follow this recipe and share it with their whole family. Obviously, we have been in lockdown and parents are struggling with working from home themselves and children are having to do remote-learning, so it just gives them that time where they can stop and do something fun together and benefit the whole family.”

Pupils have so far made meals with jacket potatoes, pizzas and even chocolate strawberry desserts.

They are also set challenges whilst cooking, which has included making origami hearts.