Students and staff join the flock for national sheep art

Staff and students at Todmorden High School have been knitting multi-coloured pom pom sheep for a national art installation in Cumbria
Staff and students at Todmorden High School have been knitting multi-coloured pom pom sheep for a national art installation in Cumbria

STUDENTS and teachers have joined the flock by getting involved in a national campaign to support the wool and sheep farming industry.

Pupils and staff at Todmorden High School are making pom pom sheep for the Eden Arts Project, which will see a national installation of 10,000 of the sheep at a site in Cumbria.

A range of sheep of all colours are on display in the school’s art department before joining their counterparts as part of the installation.

Art teacher Claire Sargeant is encouraging more people to join in.

She said: “We would love the community to get involved also, so if anybody would like to make some pom pom sheep, please visit www.edenarts.co.uk to print out the pattern and instructions.

“When you have made the sheep and would like to join in with us on this art adventure, please send them to Todmorden High School with your name on.

“It would be great to get the whole community involved. We look forward to seeing some sheep creations.”

The art department is running various extra-curricular activities aiming to bring back traditional hobbies.

At the Go Art hobby club on Thursday lunchtimes, staff and students come together to share their skills.

Over the past few weeks, more than 30 pupils and teachers have made scarves, Christmas decorations, teddy bears, jumpers, wrist bands, hair accessories and phone case holders at the knit and natter club.

Claire said: “It has been wonderful seeing so many staff and students working together in their free time to learn and share their hobbies and new traditional skills with one another.

“The objective of the hobby clubs is to embed good old-fashioned hobbies back into the minds of our students, supporting their curriculum subjects.”

Knitting has proved to be very popular.

Student Caitlin Hamer said: “It’s fun and you get to learn new things.”

It is not just at the hobby club where knitting has proved to be a useful skill.

Year eight maths pupils have used it as a technique to understand sequencing and algebra.

Future hobby club activities include rag rugging, which will support textiles and history.

“Scrap booking will also be a future one, where students will learn techniques to create beautiful homework pages for their history homework,” Claire said.

The school would appreciate any donations of wool. Anybody who has any spare wool to donate for the making of pom pom sheep or for the knit and natter club is asked to send it to Claire or Mel Daniels at Todmorden High School.

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