Lesson 3: Shape 3: Working with wire

Following one of two templates, children work with wire, bending and twisting it to create the form of a fish, using smaller pieces of wire to add features

Before the lesson

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Learning objective

  • To create and form shapes using soft modelling wire

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught:

  • To improve their mastery of Art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Might struggle to form the basic shape of the fish and so may need additional help and support from the teacher or TA.

Less able pupils could be paired with a competent partner to help them form their shapes.

You could provide pupils with the basic shape of the fish and let them make the tail and head pieces, fins and eyes.


Pupils working at greater depth: Might progress to covering their fish with PVA glue and tissue paper.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Paul Carney,  
Art & Design specialist
Paul has 22 years experience of teaching art as a specialist subject in both Primary and Secondary schools. He is a council member with the National Society for Education and his expertise has led him to deliver CPD for leading…
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