An Example Teaching Sequence Over 2 Sessions

Sessions | Key Stage 1 Teaching Session | Key Stage 2 Teaching Session

This teaching sequence has a focus of mathematical, language and creative development with the objectives being:

  • Develop mathematical language in the areas of shape, space and measures.

  • Copy and create repeating patterns.

  • Respond to fictional text through art.

Mady chose a thick brush to paint the pig's house.
Mady chose a thick brush to paint the pig's house.

Mady loves the traditional tale of three little pigs so this was used as the vehicle for her learning over these sessions. We started by reading the story together, discussing the actions of the characters and alternative events and endings.

Mady painted the pigs and was encourged to use a repeating pattern to tile the roof. We discussed the size of the pigs, which was the tallest, shortest etc. to enhance the development of the language of comparison.

Mady painted the little pig's house
Mady painted the little pig's house

Mady chose the media that she would like to use during the first session to record her work. She chose paints and we immediately set to work mixing colours and choosing the correct size brushes, again using the language of measure and comparison.

Three Little Pigs

In the next session, clay was available to explore and discuss shape and size. We talked about the properties of the shapes and compared similarities and differences whilst engaged in this tactile activity. Mady described the shapes and named them accurately towards the end of this session. We also sorted the shapes using numbers of sides and whether they were curved or straight, developing her knowledge of the properties of shapes and logic reasoning.

Rolling the clay and discussing length together.
Rolling the clay and discussing length together.
Mady's three little pigs
Mady's three little pigs
A very proud Mady!
A very proud Mady!
Comparing length
Comparing length

The clay was a big hit with Mady so she was encouraged to make something for the three pigs creating another opportunity to discuss shape and compare size. Mady decided she wanted to make a 'treasure pot' for them. As Mady rolled the clay into long sausage shapes, opportunities arose for direct comparison of length to build the layers of the pot. Creative development was again enhanced whilst she mixed colours for painting the pot. We added PVA glue to give the pot a shiny appearance and then Mady suggested we needed glitter which was available in our well resourced cupboards. As you can see, Mady was very pleased with her efforts and the fact that she was very messy in the process!

Developing language through play
Developing language through play
Enjoyment of learning
Enjoyment of learning
Getting messy at Allstars Tuition!
Getting messy at Allstars Tuition!
Three little pigs illustration with kind permission of www.kids-pages.com
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