Paper and Card Construction.

First Class

Loreto Junior

Teacher Majella Doyle

I began working with this lovely first class of 20 children on the 6th February. The teacher suggested we have Spring as our theme. She was also interested in construction.

I decided that we would spend the first 3 sessions exploring construction with paper and card before introducing our theme.

We began with paper, trying our different techniques, cutting, tearing, curling, folding, scoring, pleating, rolling.

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The children began to see miniature worlds when they stuck their paper constructions on to a sheet of paper. The enjoyed telling each other about their worlds so the following weeks I decided to introduce card to their materials and encouraged them to work in groups. Each child was given a long rectangle of card with slots in both sides and asked to join up with other people in their group. They were very excited as they created ‘rooms’. I showed them some more techniques that would be useful when they are working in card. The also used paper for these worlds. Part of the idea was to decide which material worked best for their construction.

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The following week they continued on their construction. Adding lots of details such as doors, windows, ladders and fences.

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Our next session was on the 6th March – Spring was in the air. We talked about what birds the children see in the school grounds. They had done a lot about birds with Ms. Doyle so they were very aware about the bird life in the school grounds. We looked at photographs of nests. Different birds make different nests. They noticed that a lot of nests are soft in the inside.

The children went quietly out to the garden and we saw lots of birds, a thrush, a blackbird and some crows. The crows were building nests in the tall trees. The children pretended to be birds and collected materials to make nests by only using two fingers and a thumb just like a beak.

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Back in the classroom each child wove a circle using ivy as a structure for their nest.

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Other exciting thing happened as the children noticed that the nesting materials had a lot of interesting creatures living in them. We had containers ready to collect insects so we could examine them, keep them safe and return them to the wild when we were finished.

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The following week we decided that we needed bird for the nests. We had a look of photographs of birds that we saw in the school yard and the children made some drawings.

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The children were given paper and card to make the birds. Although they were very adept at using these materials they were hesitant about making to a design, however through trial and error and learning from each other they built up confidence.

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The next week we looked at eggs, chicks hatching and chicks.

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Parents were invited to join the children in making Spring flower bunting. They first saw a slideshow and exhibition of all the work the children made over the past 6 weeks.The children taught their parents skills and techniques they would need to make their flowers.

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