Teachers back in class

Teachers from primary schools across Yorkshire went back to the classroom yesterday to learn about textile techniques at a course put on by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in Harrogate. Pictured during the workshop are , from left: Catherine Robb, art co-ordinator at Rawcliffe Bridge Primary School, Goole, Debra Simpkin and Caroline Hall, a teacher and teaching assistant from Boynton Primary School in Bridlington.  picture feb 7 2012. picture mike cowling

Teachers from primary schools across Yorkshire went back to the classroom yesterday to learn about textile techniques at a course put on by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society in Harrogate. Pictured during the workshop are , from left: Catherine Robb, art co-ordinator at Rawcliffe Bridge Primary School, Goole, Debra Simpkin and Caroline Hall, a teacher and teaching assistant from Boynton Primary School in Bridlington. picture feb 7 2012. picture mike cowling

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IT was the teacher’s turn to go back to school for the day at a special event last week.

Primary school teachers from Boynton joined others from across Yorkshire region to learn new skills to pass onto their pupils – thanks to a new course run by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.

Debra Simpkin and Caroline Hall, a teacher and teaching assistant from Boynton Primary School, took part in a “Textile Techniques in the Classroom” course run by the Society.

The one-day course, hosted by Viv Chapman and Margaret Murphy, founder members of North Yorkshire-based ArtBox, included a range of traditional skills for the teachers to try, including weaving, appliqué, and sewing.

The teachers used their newly-acquired appliqué skills to decorate squares of fabric before trying their hands at making a basic card loom, then weaving.

Viv Chapman said: “The aim is to give teachers ideas to pass onto their pupils and show them that this sort of practical work is not too daunting.

“Once they have learned the basic techniques, they can expand on them. It is a great way for children to express themselves and be creative. Once learned they are skills for life and can be enjoyed by children of all ages and at all levels of ability.”