Learning is a hoot for children at a Silsden school.

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

The feathered visitors included a huge, talkative 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 and some of them filmed 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 with the children.

“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.”