Learning is a real hoot for children at a Silsden school.

Six different species of owl were taken to Aire View Infant School by Oxenhope-based company SMJ Falconry & Crafts.

The feathered visitors included a huge Eagle Owl, and the pupils were allowed to briefly hold one of the smaller birds. The SMJ staff told the children interesting facts about owls, explaining why different species have different coloured eyes.

About 150 key stage one pupils enjoyed the visit last Wednesday. Some of them used recording equipment to film the event in the school hall.

Assistant headteacher Tim Whitehead said: “Our theme for this half term has been ‘once upon a night time’, so we’ve been concentrating on nocturnal animals.

“We thought this visit would fit in well with what we’re aiming to achieve, which is to improve the children’s non-fiction writing.

“There’s nothing better than giving them some hands-on experience. It’s been absolutely fantastic – the children have really gained a lot from this.”

Daniel Hussain is pictured (above) getting up close and personal with a barn owl during the visit.