Holy Island and Lowick pupils are getting used to seeing themselves on screen, as hit CBeebies show Time for School enters its third week.
The fly-on-the-wall series, which follows the adventure of reception children as they start school, features Holy Island and Lowick First School, as well as Mere Green Primary School in Birmingham.
Executive producer Sallyann Keizer explains: “We chose the two schools because of how special they both are. You get a real feel for a school from the moment you walk through the door.
“Nothing is scripted or set up. We were there just to capture this delightful and special time in a child’s life in an authentic and genuine way.”
Each school features on alternate weeks, with 20 x 10-minutes shows set to air starring Holy Island and Lowick’s five reception pupils, the teachers, and the rest of the school.
Camera crews worked in the school throughout the autumn, following the children on their first day and throughout the first term.
This week, the Berwick Advertiser was lucky enough to sit down with some of the stars of the show, to find out what the filming process was like, and whether they are enjoying the programme.
Newstarter, five-year-old Mitchell tells us: “Every single day we had to wear a microphone, it was fun.”
“The microphones went around our waist,” classmate and costar Davey explains.
“Mine wasn’t,” says fellow reception pupil Abbie. “Mine scratched my tummy and hurt a bit, so Mrs Bradbury knitted me a little purple purse to put it in, and I had to have it up my jumper.”
After being filmed throughout the whole of last term, the children were excited to see the finished programmes, which have so far captured them cooking, swimming, fencing... and feet painting.
Mitchell made quite an impact on Monday night’s episode when he slipped and fell in a tub of paint.
Davey explains: “We all put our feet in paint, then we walked along the paper, and Mitchell fell in!”
But his friend doesn’t seem too traumatised by the experience. “I had red and yellow paint all over me!” he says. “We watched it at home and my mum started laughing.”
Watching the show in class each week has been reminding the children of all the things that they did last term.
“Did you see the bit where we made the apple and blackcurrent crumble, and I said ‘this is hard work!’” four-year-old Abby asks us. “I liked that one best, and the one where Mitchell fell in the paint.”
“I like the one with the fencing,” Davey says. “I poked Charlie.” “I poked Abby and she poked me,” Mitchell remembers.
The show is proving a hit with both children and adults alike. Sports teacher Mrs Strangeways says: “We weren’t sure what to expect at first, but everyone thinks it’s absolutely brilliant, they are loving it.
“The filming is brilliant, the cameras were down at the children’s level and you can really see that. All the stories are followed through.”
Many of the pupils watch the show Birmingham-based shows at home, and the Holy Island and Lowick ones at school.
“All of the children at some point have been on TV, it’s not just reception, which is nice,” adds Mrs Strangeways.
“The children come in every day and say they have seen themselves, and we watch the episodes in school as well.
“We have had lots of nice comments - a lot of people say they watch it and think ‘I want to go to that school!’”