Clay in the curriculum


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 squeezing, pinching, pulling, squashing, prodding a small ball of clay tearing pieces from the clay and putting them together again, beginning to distinguish between shapes that lie flat and solid forms that stand up on their own / making a variety of forms in clay / fat, twisty, squat, bumpy
  • Make a clay form and manipulate it with fingers to suggest a subject, turning a ball of clay into an imaginary creature / making a variety of real or imaginary animals / experimenting with surface mark-making, texture and pattern/ talking about the marks made
  • Invent mixed-media pieces in both representational and non-representational modes e.g. pressing sticks, lollipop sticks, feathers or buttons into the clay

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

  • Look at, handle and talk about objects with free-flowing forms, feeling and handling natural forms (e.g. smooth stones, pieces of smooth tree branches, suitable
  • Look at, handle and talk about his/her own work, the work of other children and simple pieces of clay pottery : describing the clay form / materials and tools used / how he/she enjoyed manipulating the clay / how the craftsperson may have worked with it / what he/she likes best about the clay form