Cant quite believe it’s been three years since I started working with Rose & co in the Nursery at Ledbury Primary School.
Headteacher Julie Rees wanted to explore language and communication within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) via the medium of clay. Parents and carers were also encouraged to stay and work with their children.
The sessions have proved extremely successful, growing in popularity with parents year by year. The current crop of young potters were accompanied by nearly all their significant grown-ups at some point during the 12 weeks of workshops.
Here are a few examples of the lovely language used by the children when they helped co-create this collaborative ‘Cherry Mountain’
“A cake mountain”
“I’m wiping it”
“My skin is a different colour now”
“Why does it turn around?” (mountain on the turntable)
“I can put the snake on”
“look I’ve done it’s tree stump”
“I’m making it turn”
“Shall I make another sticky tree?”
“This is my sticky hat”
“I’m making a whole big pizza – do you want some pizza?”
“This is not a cake is it – it’s a mountain” drags fingers down the clay structure.
“I’m doing a claw!”
“I’m like claw girl!”
What would claw girls costume look like?
Having worked with the morning Nursery group before the Christmas break, it’s now the turn of the PM potters at Ledbury Primary School Nursery to work with clay.
One of my favourite introductory activities is unloading a 12.5kg lump in the middle of the table, stand well back and just see what the clay hungry youngsters do.
Loving the aesthetics of this finger deep texture created by many grabbing hands.
Got to spend a lovely morning in the company of Ledbury’s Evergreens at Ledbury Primary School.
Evergreens is a well-established club (in its 48th year) providing a weekly meeting for senior citizens within the Ledbury area to meet for a chat and Tea. Once a month they arrange an outing/or “treat”. Last week’s treat – Jon the Potter, a selection of articulate YR5 students and a bag of clay!
The children chatted with the Evergreen’s about their School’s values based education before helping members construct their own ‘values’ based story pots based upon their life long experience.
Lots of stories, anecdotes and lively discussion – oh and some super clay constructions too.
A VW Beetle gets into a spot of trouble at Ledbury Primary School Nursery in Herefordshire.
The children were invoved in a full on, slip and squishy clay, exploritory session inspired by the Reggio Emelia approach to learning.
Loving the way toys and other found objects find their way into the clay based melting pot!
Where did those 12 weeks go!?
Thoroughly enjoyed my residency at Ledbury Primary School Nursery working with the children, their parents and staff exploring clay, language and communication.
We finished the series of workshops with a celebratory collaborative pot, covered with the children’s designs and marks. This will be fired and returned to the school after 1/2 term.