PUPILS from a South Lakeland primary school had the chance to see Nepal - via a video link while sitting more than 4,500 miles away in their classroom.

As part of their work with the British Council, Grange Primary CoE teacher Paula Whinfield visited the country and appeared via Skype.

Children from her year six class asked questions about food, weather, the local school and its facilities.

The school was recently awarded a prestigious International Schools Award Foundation Level - and hope to welcome visitors from Nepal later this year.

Headteacher Phillipa Summers said: “We believe it will help develop our pupils as global citizens as well as advancing both our teaching and our partner school’s teaching by sharing best practice.”

During the visit Mrs Whinfield visited Kathmandu, Pokhara and Sikles to meet the pupils and staff of the school.

She said she had been ‘overwhelmed by the amazing warm reception’ that she received in the village.

The children sent photos, postcards, prayer flags and made small felted hearts for the children as gifts.

And the school has also formed a Fairtrade Committee to help promote and sell craft items made by women in Pokhara, Nepal.

She was accompanied by Dr Sara Parker from Liverpool John Moores University, a friend of the school who has a long standing relationship with the village of Sikles.

Dr Parker set up a photography project in the village which documented daily life.

If anyone has any old but working cameras that can be donated, drop them off at the school.