Lesson 1: Snail sculptures

Children will sketch a pattern from observation before creating a sculpture from clay, using etching tools

Before the lesson

Classroom resources

Learning objective

  • To create a pattern from clay

National curriculum

Pupils should be able to:

  • Use sculpture to develop and share their ideas
  • Develop art and design and techniques in using pattern

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: May instead of etching into the clay, use an object (eg pen lid) to imprint the pattern.

Pupils working at greater depth: Could consider how the colour of clay would create another level of effect on their shell – they could colour their original design.

What effect would different tools have?

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


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