Clay play

Raw clay sitting underground for a million or more years awaits transformation, metamorphosis in the hands of a child

clay play
Overview

Raw clay sitting underground for a million or more years awaits transformation, metamorphosis in the hands of a child. Squidging, squashing, wedging, shaping, joining teasing into pots, vases, faces, gargoyles, creatures aliens and Greek super heroes. Into the bonfire for irreversible change.

Raw clay, sitting in dampness and darkness, mixing with worms and roots and stones, shades of grey and green, orange and gold - transform this into usable modelling material - the consistency of plasticine - make a model!

Programme of study

To describe changes that occur when materials are heated or cooled (Sc3 2b).

Learning objective

Identify 3 changes in their clay ie; colour, shape, texture, weight, fragility, permeability and size.

Activity
  • What is clay? A worn down mountain of rock?
  • Place in historic context, throughout time people have used clay as carrying vessels/cooking pots/decorative objects. How can we change clay?
  • Give each child a handful of clay. Bring back to tables
  • H&S considerations
  • Demonstrate, thumb pot, coil technique, gargoyle
  • Make the artefact and fire some in bonfire. Visit firing site next day - to compare properties