NEWPORT pupils enjoyed some alternative lessons last week with Welsh comedian Rhod Gilbert.

The star was at Monnow Primary School, Bettws, filming for his television series Rhod Gilbert’s Work Experience which sees him trying out a number of different jobs.

After being chosen from a shortlist of several schools, Rhod spent three days at the school.

Tasks included observing lessons, planning activities and helping on a school trip to Rhondda Heritage Park. He was then set the ultimate test of teaching in the school for a day.

Lessons included music, poetry, arts and craft, dance and storytime.

He said: " It has just been incredible. My favourite bit has been the hilarious things the children come out with. There are lots of little moments. It’s an amazing place. I don’t want to leave."

He added: "It makes you realise the responsibility teachers have too, not just for looking after the children but for their development too."

Headteacher at the school, Meryl Echeverry said she was impressed with Rhod’s teaching skills. She said: "It’s been great and the kids have loved it. "Rhod loves the kids and has a fabulous rapport with them. They have really taken to him."

The programme will be aired on BBC One Wales at the end of April.