Pupils at a Chesham primary school are “walking” from Bucks to Bethlehem to raise money for a new shepherd’s hut to boost classroom space during the pandemic.

Children at Hawridge & Cholesbury Primary School have taken on a virtual fundraising trek to raise £28,000 for a wooden outdoor building they can learn in without having to be squeezed into one classroom as coronavirus cases around the county rise.

Led by two sheep mascots, Kith and Kin, students and their families can clock the kilometres they walk or swim until Christmas, as they aim to cover the 3,090 miles (4,973 km) to the Holy Land.

The metalwork sheep will be hand crafted by sculptor Charles Elliott, who attended the school in the 90s.

They have raised more than £3,200 so far.

As well as keeping fit, the walk will help children to learn about the culture and traditions of each country they walk through.

Head teacher Rosie Phillips said: “Without our usual nativity and carol services this year – and teachers and students stuck in their bubbles at school – this is a way of bringing everyone together for Christmas.

“We’re well on our way to Bethlehem and everyone has been working hard to get us there.

“Our new metal friends will be great mascots and a happy addition to the Hawridge & Cholesbury family as we continue our fundraising journey.

“Our usual fundraising opportunities have been curtailed this year because of the Covid crisis, so this initiative will give a lasting legacy that our children, and future generations, can use and enjoy for years to come.”

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/campaign/followingthestar.