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North Walsham schoolchildren enjoy moon-inspired story circle

PUBLISHED: 14:56 19 October 2011 | UPDATED: 15:47 19 October 2011

North Walsham Junior School's new story circle, built by volunteers from Aviva. Pupils Bradley Dowe 11 and Lydia Harmer 10 with Keith Stapleton, who works for Aviva and helped them get the story circle.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

North Walsham Junior School's new story circle, built by volunteers from Aviva. Pupils Bradley Dowe 11 and Lydia Harmer 10 with Keith Stapleton, who works for Aviva and helped them get the story circle. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

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Bedtime stories have always been a favourite with children but pupils at one north Norfolk school can look forward to future tales told in a structure designed for the moon.

North Walsham’s Manor Road Junior School now boasts a story circle on its field, created out of soil-filled and layered polypropylene tubing, using a method invented to one day create homes on the moon, according to assistant head teacher Kathy Warren.

The circle was sponsored by Norwich-based insurance giant Aviva and built by a team of volunteers who spent all of Tuesday at the school, making it from scratch.

It has been set within a 12-year-old tree circle, planted by former pupils, and also complements a fantasy garden which includes a butterfly-shaped nature area, story chair, pathways and an amphitheatre.

“The children are very impressed. It’s another thing to enhance playtime and lunchtime,” said Mrs Warren.

They will start using the circle after next week’s half-term break, for lessons, play and as a small drama area.

Pupils took turns to visit the construction site on Tuesday and watch their story circle taking shape. Year Four children used the opportunity to interview the workforce and will write up their reports for the school newsletter.

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