Clay in the curriculum

Fifth and sixth class

Strand Unit: Developing form in clay: The child should be enabled to:

  • Explore and discover the possibilities of clay as a medium for imaginative expression / experimenting with balance and proportion
  • Use clay to analyse and interpret form from observation /modelling the human head or a sturdy human figure
  • Explore some of the essential characteristics of three-dimensional work / developing understanding of structure through constructing and combining elements in clay / how the positioning of weight stabilises a figure or structure (e.g. in making a set of book-ends)
  • Make simple pottery and sculpture / designing, making and decorating pinch or coil-built pots / designing imaginative pinch-pot sculptures (e.g. exotic animals or creatures)
  • Experiment with and develop line, shape, texture and pattern in low relief / in non-representational or theme-based sculpture (e.g. rain dripping into a stream, the regatta)
  • Make an imaginative slab-built structure / using multiple spaces for a more complex structure (e.g. a house with extensions)
  • Work inventively and expressively with papier mache / designing papier mache. masks, heads or models to illustrate stories, poems, songs and festivals

Strand Unit: Looking and responding: The child should be enabled to:

  • Look at, handle and talk about natural and manufactured objects for experience of three-dimensional form / fruit, pottery, household items with interesting forms
  • Look at and talk about his/her work, the work of other children and the work of sculptors, including relief sculptures (prints or slides) describing the form / the experience of working with materials / analysing the relationships between the parts and the whole / ways of combining elements in constructing and achieving balance / what he/she or the artist was trying to express / problems encountered and solved in interpreting the human head in clay / pleasing aspects of the work
  • Look at and talk about ritual masks, street theatre masks and figures, and functional and decorative pottery from different cultures and different times (slides or prints)