Early years clay project exploring language and communication at LPS HerefordshireWe regularly visit Nursery settings all over the West Midlands creating clay work and exploring creative approaches to learning within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

Kipper and Elmer groups at Ledbury Primary School Nursery are learning about the world via the topic of bears. The bear theme has provided a wealth of inspiration and learning opportunities for our clay work: We’ve made porridge bowls on the potter’s wheel, sang ‘we’re going on a bear hunt’ and built a collaborative mud mound for ‘the bear who went over the mountain’.

Super imagination, great conversation and sophisticated use of language. Here are a few nuggets:

Have you dug this clay from the ground Jon the Potter?’

‘I’ve made a crisp’ shows a flattened flake of clay then reaches for the water un-prompted ‘look at my hands – I’ve made some porridge’

‘It goes really hard when it dries’

‘Can we make a clay table?’