SKIPPING lessons took on a whole new meaning for youngsters at Springside Primary School in Bury.

They were all present and correct when pupils were shown the ropes during a workshop and demonstration with a difference.

The Springside Road school hosted a visit by Skipping Workshops, a company which has worked with children throughout the UK and abroad.

Headteacher Mrs Karen Murphy explained: "The workshop involved all types of skipping and was aimed at encouraging involvement by the children and enhancing skills across the curriculum, including health and fitness."

Twelve nominated children's playleaders took part in the workshop and they will pass on the relevant skills to the other pupils. And adult lunchtime supervisors also benefited from the workshop.

Mrs Murphy added: "This was also an opportunity to learn the traditional playground skipping rhymes which are sadly beginning to die out.

"Skipping Workshops have visited around 2,500 schools in Britain and Europe and have appeared on television in such programmes as Blue Peter and Record Breakers."