A UNICORN, princess high heels and superman are among the presents Prudhoe schoolchildren are hoping to receive from Father Christmas this year.

Pupils at Adderlane Academy, Broomhill Road, have joined children around the world in putting their requests to Santa Claus, desperately hoping they've made the nice list.

The children at the West Wylam school, aged between four and five, have written lists to Santa, as well as taking part in a number of other festive activities - such as storytelling, crafts and carolling.

"Our children have learned about the birth of baby Jesus and why celebrating Christmas is important to Christians", said early years lead Rebecca Kidd. "We loved learning the words to Away in a Manger.

"We also have talked about our own Christmas traditions in terms of what we do with our families - Christmas trees, visiting Santa and having a Christmas dinner!

"The children have loved decorating our classroom and accessing our provision to celebrate Christmas - we have written lists to Santa, made decorations for our trees at home, Christmas cards, calendars and lots of other Christmas crafts.

"We are so proud of our Reception class and are sure they are all on the nice list this year."

Adderlane pupils were also among those to enjoy an interactive journey exploring the true meaning of Christmas at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church in the town.

'The Christmas Journey', run by Rev. Daniel Freyhan and wife Samantha, sees schoolchildren transported back in time to meet the main characters of the first Christmas story, and has been met with a positive response the three years it has gone ahead.

Adderlane Academy was placed in special measures and rated 'inadequate' in 2015 by Ofsted before it was taken over by WISE Academies later that year, but in 2019, the school turned itself around and returned a 'good' rating from the education watchdog thanks to combined efforts of staff, pupils and headteacher Emma Potts.