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What use is nature? Topic 3: How are things made?

In this topic children will consider how everyday things are made and where they come from.

Activity 3.1: Make your own Chealamy Beaker

Objectives:

  • pupils will understand how their ancestors used the natural resources around them to make their possession
  • Pupils understand coil technique in pottery making

Resources:

  1. Factsheet 3.1 Clay and peat
  2. Modelling clay

What to do:

The Chealamy Beaker is made using a coiling technique as demonstrated in the above progression image. Ask the pupils to create their own Chealamy Beaker using the plasticine. Pupils should roll their plasticine into coils which they lay on top of one another. As the coils form the pot the material should be pinched to smooth out the coils and stabilise the structure.

Activity 3.2 Make your own museum

Objectives:

  • Pupils will apply what they have learned about the importance of the natural environment to create their own portable museum.

Resources:

Shoe box
Colouring pencils
Coloured paper
Items collected such as seashells, pine cones, pressed flowers etc

What to do:

Children can gather items from their daily walks, or the garden such as pressed flowers, seashells or pine cones and use these items to create a portable museum in a shoe box.

This material was developed by Mackay Country Community Trust and Strathnaver Museum and used as part of the Alan Joyce Young Environmentalist Competition 2019 funded by the Royal Society. The material made up a School Loan Box distributed to each of the 6 primary schools in north west Sutherland during 2019.