JUNIOR geographers put their map reading skills to the test as they took part in whole school orienteering challenge.

Pupils from Cherry Tree Academy, Colchester, put into practise what they’d learnt during geography lessons by using a compass, map and positional language to find control points dotted around the school.

Racing against the clock, youngsters from all year groups joined the fun challenge at the Holt Drive school.

Curriculum lead Claire Butler said: “The challenge offered pupils a chance to develop cultural capital through real life application of geography skills and taking part in team work.”

As well as the orienteering challenge, since the start of the year classes have been also been working on a whole school landscape project using their artistic talents.

Lisa Corby, executive head teacher said: “When it comes together, the art landscape project will demonstrate the progression of specific printing skills through a whole school geography theme from early years through to Year 6.”

Cherry Tree Academy pupils have also created a rap song using electronic composition effects to encourage others to think more about the environment.

Pupils have created an eco council at the school which will look to make positive changes in order to reduce litter and recycle more waste.