Our session on Friday 21st November explored the idea of PATTERN / TEMPLATE:
How we can use a shape (template) and cut out lots of shapes all the same…
How we can follow instructions (a pattern) to construct something…..
First of all we spoke together about these ideas and decided to use something very familiar to work from. The children looked very carefully at their own school jumper to see exactly how it was constructed… some thought it was made up of lots of parts joined together and others thought it was one shape. When we looked closer we found out for sure!
So we had discovered a lot of things about the clothes we wore and how they were made. We wondered if we could make other things from a TEMPLATE / PATTERN!
The children suggested we could :
trousers, frock, scarf, swimsuit, vest , hat etc
In anticipation of this session I had prepared templates and materials, parcelled the these up and sent them to St Patrick’s Crossmaglen.
Here’s the templates I used. What do you think these shapes would make?
Some thought the shapes were like the inside of a shoe… others thought shapes looked like an igloo, a bridge a tunnel, a hat..
or maybe a shoe….
The children had a pattern for a shoe!
We followed instructions to cut out shapes from a template and put these together to create a shoe.
There was a lot of concentration by the children and hard work to tape the two pieces together, but it worked!
The children all thought the shoe would look better if it was decorated so there was a frenzy of activity as the children set to work again…
Look at these fantastic designs!
After all this work we discussed the fact that these were PAPER shoes and wondered if they might be useful?
No the children decided that the shoes were NOT practical!
They might tear a lot
someone might stand on them
they wouldn’t be strong enough
they would get soggy in the rain
They wouldn’t protect your feet
they wouldn’t keep your feet warm
they wouldn’t be safe if you jumped off a wall or landed on a stone!
Lastly we wondered who they might fit?
They were too big for the children, but they did fit Mrs Crummy!
The children thought that they wouldn’t fit Mr Madine, the Principal because he would have bigger feet because he was older!