Woolly good fun for class

SCH88828 Wirksworth infant pupils William Millard and Ellie Hitchcock get a close insight into how wool is made.
SCH88828 Wirksworth infant pupils William Millard and Ellie Hitchcock get a close insight into how wool is made.
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The wonder of wool was in the spotlight at a Dales school as youngsters enjoyed a visit from Alex the sheep.

Alex, a Teeswater sheep – a rare breed know for their long wool – called in at Wirksworth Federation of Infants School with owner Chris Birch, of Youlgrave, to help children with their science project.

Amazed pupils learnt about the process of wool, from sheep to yarn, as Alex was sheared in front of an amazed audience.

The fleece was then carded and spun with help from The Derbyshire Guild of Weavers Spinners and Dyers group.

Later in the week the fleece was used for a felting project in class and pupils had a chance to use a spinning wheel.

Teacher Ann Urquhart, who organised the day along with Kathryn Daly and Catherine Birch, said: “The children were fascinated and I think they were a bit awestruck seeing a real sheep in the class room.”

She added: “The visit was part of their science project, looking at where wool comes from and how it is used.

“Everyone really enjoyed the day.”