Pupils from a Romsey school were treated to a trip exploring landmarks in their hometown this week.

Year 1 children from Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School had the opportunity to study well-known places around the town, such as the railway station, fire station, and Romsey Abbey.

Now pupils will be able to use the knowledge gained from the trip to create a junk model version of the town.

Deputy head of Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Tom Langford, said: "Year 1 loved their walk about for our local study of Romsey; all pupils had a clipboard with a sheet showing some key landmarks to spot along the way.

"We had fantastic discussions about some of the key places in Romsey, with the children sharing stories of the places they have visited.

"Our teachers and wonderful parent helpers shared some local knowledge and history of some of the places in Romsey too. "We are now looking forward to creating our own junk-modelling version of the town, which we plan to map out and walk around."

He added: "We stopped and discussed lots of well know places around the town including the railway station, fire station, the Town Hall and Romsey Abbey.

"We were all very proud of the children’s enthusiasm during their long walk around the town.”

"As well as helping with the actual walk, parents have been really great and have brought in the junk which will be used to make our model town.

"Recently we have been collecting a selection of boxes, tubes, yoghurts pots and other suitable junk and the children will have great fun making their models of buildings in the town centre.

"The model will then be recycled when we have completed all our work with it.”

Headteacher of Romsey Abbey C of E Primary School, Julie-Anne Palfrey, said: “This walk is part of our curriculum which teaches the pupils geographical skills and uses fieldwork to help the pupils actively engage in their learning. "Pupils use their observational skills to study the geography of Romsey and record information about the local area, such as how many shops there are near the school, how many bus stops are there close to the school and what the local landmarks are.

"Back in the classroom, the models the children will build help them remember what they saw and discussed during the walk.

"The pupils will then start to appreciate the key human and physical features of their surrounding environment and then use this knowledge when they visit different places.”

She added: “Further visits to the town will help Year 1 pupils to use simple compass directions along with locational and directional language to describe the location of features and routes on a map.

"These ideas are expanded and developed and the pupils progress through the school; it’s so good to have such a lovely town for our geography lessons.”

This visit took place on Wednesday, February 12.