Middle School Sensory Garden Update
On Tuesday the students began exploring natural and manmade materials with a focus on wool. Students all touched a natural, raw wool fleece and discussed how it felt and why it might have those properties, they were really surprised how thick and soft it was. After finding out how sheep get sheered and the fleece is then processed into the wool we might buy in a shop students explored all the different ways wool gets used for a variety of products. Students then had a visit from Gail Kelland who demonstrated how wool was processed before machinery using a drop spindle and a spinning wheel, she even demonstrated a homemade drop spindle using just using a potato and a knitting needle to show how it could have been done hundreds of years ago. Some students came up and had a go but it was really tricky. Gale also brought with her lots of different natural fibres she works with and processes that the students explored. Some of these materials included silk, angora, alpaca and rabbit. It started students thinking about what materials they were going to use in their sensory garden, in particular ways we could recycle materials that were manmade.