Isle school creates its own spiders

Artist Janine Knight, from Ropewalk, pictured during the Web Weaving workshop at Westwoodside C of E primary school. Picture: Marie Caley NEPB Web Weaving MC 1
Artist Janine Knight, from Ropewalk, pictured during the Web Weaving workshop at Westwoodside C of E primary school. Picture: Marie Caley NEPB Web Weaving MC 1

As people shrink in horror from spiders that are invading their homes, pupils at one Isle school have been busy celebrating spiders. and their webs.

Nineteen pupils from Westwoodside Primary School enjoyed a workshop led by Janine Knight, an artist from the Ropewalk, Barton, when she visited recently. Using willow frames, children aged four to five wound wool under and over thread to produce web effects.

The crowning glory to their work was the winding of wool around bottle tops to conjure up spiders for the webs. Eight long legs and two goggly eyes finished off each creation.

Deputy head Helen Spowage said: “As a Foundation Stage we seek learning opportunities which both excite and motivate the children, and this activity was no exception. Weaving supports early writing and fine motor skills, and spiders’ webs appealed to both boys and girls. We challenge friends to visit our spiders webs if you dare!”