PUPILS and staff from Broadheath Primary joined Harold the Giraffe for a lesson in healthy living in a specially designed, state-of-the-art mobile classroom.

Interactive role play, films and animal puppets created by BAFTA award-nominated CBBC TV puppeteers all feature as part of the national Coram Life Education programme, which reaches nearly one in five primary schools across the country.

The classrooms are equipped with an interactive model of the human body, fibre optic lighting and a multi-media suite and educate children about the effects of drugs and alcohol on the body as well as conflict resolution and forming healthy relationships.

Life Education North West delivers the programme throughout the region. Lynda Pearson, educator and programme administrator, said: “Children are excited when the classroom arrives and they remember what they learn because the sessions are so interactive.

“By developing knowledge, skills and attitudes, children are encouraged to make healthy choices which can help them as they get older.

“Building their awareness about alcohol and drugs, anti-bullying techniques and dealing with friendship issues.”

Broadheath Primary School is the first school in the Trafford area to experience the Coram Life Education Programme and it is hoped to expand the service to other schools across the authority.

The visit was made possible through fundraising by the school and some additional financial support from Sodexo.

For more information about Coram Life Education, visit www.coram.org.uk/lifeeducation or call 020 7 520 0427.