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Suzy and Olive interviewed Miss Harvey about Sewing Club: 


Why did you decide to run a sewing club?

I really enjoyed learning to sew and I know other children are passionate about sewing so I thought it was important to give them that opportunity.


Why do you think it’s important for people to do a club like this?

I think sewing is an important skill in life because you never know when you’ll have to sew on a button or fix clothing you have. It’s also really fun to be able to make whatever clothes or items you like and have something that is completely your own and you can be proud of it.


What is your favourite thing we do in sewing club?

I think it’s difficult to say because we have only made a few things which are different to what I would make at home (clothes). We have made a cushion, a bookmark and a pencil case/doll bed so we could learn different skills. I like the cushion we are making because children can personalise it with the skills they have learnt so far and we are using proper fabric rather than just felt so we have to start using the right techniques.


Why did you start sewing in the first place?

I did a little bit of sewing in secondary school but I didn’t do much until covid happened and we were stuck at home so I decided to pick up the hobby again. I really liked that I could make things that were completely my own and unique and the clothes fit me really well because I could decide my own measurements.


Why do you sew your own clothes and where do you get the fabric from?

I love sewing them because I can have something that no one else has and that I worked hard on. I like that it’s a way for me to share my hobby with other people. I can also add pockets to things that wouldn’t always have pockets. I get my fabric from Franklins in town, charity shops or sometimes online shops. 


How does sewing make you feel?

Sewing makes me feel powerful because I can make anything I want and I have seen what I am capable of learning even when it’s really hard. I’ve struggled a lot with learning new techniques but I’ve still managed to finish everything I’ve started and that makes me realise how much more I could learn.


Arts and Culture Clubs at Sidegate

Arts Council were asked about creativity

This is what they had to say:

Creativity means exploring new things, making new things, and having big ideas about anything really! In art class and maybe science, after school clubs, and after lunch, through singing as well as playing our instruments. Being creative builds up inside you, then you let it all out and it can clear your mind and help you focus. We have art lessons where we are told what to do, maybe we could have lessons where we can choose what we want like with options of what we do.  Layla Y5


I think creativity means imagination, figuring out your own way of doing things. There are lots of opportunities at Sidegate to be creative: art club, lessons, music, and even in PE! In Art lessons. I’d say acting is creative because we get to make up our own things. Fin Y5


Creativity means you can express how you feel and forget about most of your worries and help yourself unwind a bit.  We get lots of opportunities like through art and design, art club, and in drama club…  art can be really many different things. It's not what other people think about your arts, it’s what you think of yours. We created the leaves in the hall and I made loads of different blue wavy lines. Also, in the butterfly project, I made a chrysalis, which is the scientific word for a cocoon. I found it quite challenging at times, but that’s what makes it good because if you just had things go easy it wouldn’t be fun because you’d never have a challenge in your life would you? At Sidegate we look at artists. In my class, we’re doing mono-printing and we're looking at Bryan Wynter, who was a mono printer. If you’re really open and trust your instincts to find a bit of creativity you don’t have to live in loneliness. I’d like to see more art and design at Sidegate, it helps a lot if you have a problem, or ADHD or something like that it might be a bit hard but you can focus on art.     Olive Y3


I think creativity means lots of using your imagination and not copying stuff. Using what you think and what you want it to look like. You can use paper or on a canvas, you can play it, or basically do anything. You can be creative in lots of places: at after-school clubs, art lessons, wet play, you could also do it in lunch clubs. I play guitar, clarinet, and when it's wet play, I bring my own story to write. When we do WCET (our music lessons with my brass instrument) I try to play different notes and music, I make songs with it. Creativity helps me have more imagination and be more creative with anything I do. It’s made me, me if I’m being honest because if you’re not being creative you’re always doing something that someone else has already done and it wouldn’t be as good because the person isn't being original. I do dancing outside of school and it helps me realize who I actually am. I do loads of after-school clubs, and also Cubs, where we get to be creative with what we think about the world. Teachers could make it more exciting and let us have more imagination with our work. Rather than let us do the exact same thing with our art we could make it more our own thing. Get more excitement in it!       Seb and Ellie Y4

10th December, 2021

Olive and Cooper interviewed Mrs. Reynolds and Mrs. Gower


Mrs. Reynolds (Sun Bears) said that what she enjoyed most was that everyone was involved and could do it. She definitely wants her class to be involved in other productions. 

She was impressed that they learnt their lines and that the performance included good songs. Sun Bears got involved and  now feel that they have been included. (Olive added that it means that other children can look out for them). Mrs. Reynolds also commented on the amazing backdrops and scenery painted by Mrs. Sparrow.

Mrs. Gower (Music Lead) agreed and commented on how much she enjoyed that we were able to do the Nativity and that the children had learnt the songs. She added that she thought they were very brave. When asked if she would like to be involved in other productions, she exclaimed, " All of them! It's my absolute favorite thing!"

She added that she hopes there will be opportunities for the children to perform often.


Comments from KS1:

I liked the dancing best.

It could be improved with louder voices.

My favourite part was the shepherds.

It was exciting!

I liked the actions.

I liked the last song called, "Can you hear the angels sing?"

I liked the lights!

I felt scared and confident.




7th December 2021

We interviewed children in Years 3 and 4 who had the chance to be the first audience, as they were invited to watch the dress rehearsal - what a treat!


Here are some comments pupils and teachers said afterwards about the performance:

"It was very good, I especially liked the costumes."  

"Good diction, backdrops, songs and costumes."

"Everybody worked really hard and the songs and actions were great!"

"It's a great way to start Christmas!"

"I liked how they did everything in unison."

"The actions were spectacular!"

"Amazing! The children were confident, knew their lines and had such confidence!"





"The singing was loud and clear!" 

"I was impressed that the narrators, who had lots to say, had memorized all their lines!"


Some children offered advice:

"Maybe they could use a microphone?"

"Speak a little slower and louder."






6th December 2021


During the virus we were very sad because we didn't have choir, drama, class assemblies or singing assemblies and parents couldn't come inside to watch performances.


This didn't stop our annual arts festival as we performed outside and it was videoed for our families and friends to watch.



However, this has all changed and our hopes and dreams that we would be able to do things in school have come true!

This term we have been able to have clubs, singing inside, including singing assembly on Friday mornings, choirs and class assemblies!

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