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Spinning Yarns and Tall Tales

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Do you know any tall tales or have you ever sat and spun a yarn? This engaging, sensory-based learning session will allow pupils to do just that in a visit to the Weaver’s cottage. Learn about the tradition of storytelling and how the Spinner passed long hours at the spinning wheel, singing and telling stories. Settle around the hearth and help out by teasing the wool, carding the fleece and making ‘lamb’s tails’ ready for spinning, just as children would have done in the past.

Pupils will be encouraged to join in with some well-known songs and rhymes as they work. Once they have prepared all the fleece they can listen to some fairy stories as the spinning wheel whirrs, before creating a story of their own. This immersive, active learning session supports Language and Literacy in the NI curriculum.