Schoolchildren up and down the country had the opportunity to become bakers for the day, as National Craft Bakers’ Week took bakery into the classroom.

Cheshire-based Chatwins visited several schools and scout groups over the week, where it helped children decorate their own gingerbread men, explained chairman Edward Chatwin.

Stuarts of Buckhaven visited Buckhaven Primary School, where the children tried their hand at moulding dough and bread-making.

Gingerbread men were also decorated at Boothferry Primary School in Yorkshire, where Fullers Quality Bakers helped the children, with an ITV camera crew in tow to film the event.

Meanwhile Wirral-based Hursts Bakery spent an afternoon with 15 year-six pupils (ages 10-11), who got to take home aprons, hats and Hursts Bakery name badges along with a ’goodie box’ containing a drink, small sausage roll, cupcake, their own decorated gingerbread men and some promotional information about the week.

"Everyone had a great time, including the teachers," said James Clarke from Hursts.