Our Learning

22 May 2019

Pre Prep Explore the Language of Clay

Pre Prep Explore the Language of Clay

Sometimes spoken and written words are not enough, and we need to offer opportunities for children to share their thinking and theories through a range of mediums ...

In collaboration with our Artist in Residence, ceramicist Nadia Robertson, our Pre Prep children have been exploring and engaging with the language of clay to share their ideas and thinking related to their class group learning and research. One group focused on sharing ideas about feelings through clay by creating trees with leaves that tell stories of different emotions. Another group looked at the secret underground world of the ant by imagining and creating tunnels and ant worlds with clay.

The children encountered this medium over four weeks, where they built on existing skills and knowledge about how to work with clay and had the opportunity to play with ideas, create, re-create and create again. The final compilation of works is captivating with each piece being unique, but together, telling a story of the learning and thinking of the groups of children.

Sometimes spoken and written words are not enough, and we need to offer opportunities for children to share their thinking and theories through a range of mediums such as using their hands as a tool for thinking and learning. The creative arts offer many ways to express ideas and make meaning. They provide a safe space where there is no right or wrong way of doing, and different ideas and ways of doing are celebrated and encouraged. Ruyton Early Learning looks forward to continuing to incorporate the arts as a signature part of our programmes.

Miss Sarah Denholm
Director of Early Learning