These value oaks were commissioned and made by all the children at Dines Green Primary School in Worcester.
Each child made and painted a pottery leaf based upon one of the six school values. Quite a challenging task to make mini clay decoration symbolising notions of respect, resilience, reflection, curiosity, empathy and honesty!
These three teachers from Dean Close Co-Educational Independent School in Cheltenham came and spent a day with us in November learning about clay and making techniques.
This is what they had to say about their experience:
“We all learnt so much and helped us to reinforce the basics whilst giving us the confidence to pass our knowledge onto the children we teach.
A highlight had to be throwing a pot! We all loved it and can’t wait to get practicing.
Sarah and Jon were so friendly and welcoming and their experience and knowledge was excellent. Thank you both so much.”
We’ve been busy of late transporting clay, tools and Flying Potter magic to educational settings all over the West Midlands.
During the first part of the Autumn term we worked with the following schools, exploring a range of curricular themes and topics in clay.
‘Secret Garden’ inspired outdoor terracotta sculpture at Suckley Primary.
Whole school tile panel in the shape of school logo at Broadwas Primary.
Individual ‘Owl Babies’ with Nursery and YR R at Old Church Primary.
Potter’s wheel workshop with YR4 at Glascote Primary
‘Fire of London’ houses with YR2 at Woodands Infants.
Iron Age huts with YR4 at Finstall First School
Pinch pot Diwali lamps with KS1 at Leominster Primary.
We usually start a session in a school with a discussion about the many uses of clay and pottery. When posed with the question “what objects do you think of when you think of pottery?” the children’s answers are predictable – mugs, cups, plates, bowls…. etc. Not so at Finstall First School in Bromsgrove! A YR4 had us in stitches with his answer “old people!” lol
Some stereo types are so deeply ingrained!
We visited Upton Upon Severn Primary School recently to work with YR3 & YR4. It was such a glorious day we were able to make pinch pot dragons alfresco under a couple of magnificent trees in the forest school area. Despite the coolness of the shade, the June warmth threatened to dry the children’s creations before they’d completed them. But the youngsters knuckled down to the task in hand, working quickly and efficiently to produce awesome imaginary beasts. Well done everybody!