Primary: An everyday object like a chair can get pupils thinking about form, function and materials, and what it says about its intended user
What the lesson is about
This is the first of a series of nine weekly lessons on the Take a Seat project in art, craft and design around the function, shape, design and structure of chairs and other types of seats. It encompasses a broad range of activities, including drawing, modelling, role-plays and group activities. It is aimed at Year 4 pupils.
Pupils learn about the roles and purposes of art, craft and design in different times and cultures.
Pupils can compare ideas, methods and approaches in others' work.
Pupils can say what they think and feel about others' work.
Display photographs of chairs before the lesson, showing a range situated in different places. Assemble a collection of pictures of chairs from different times and cultures for the children to look at.
Identify one that is familiar to the children and talk about aspects of its form, such as the shape and height of the seat, the position of the backrest and so on. Ask the children to think about how the chair is used and what demands that makes on their design. School chairs, for example, need to be strong, portable and stackable.
Look at chairs from different eras and cultures. Identify the similarities and differences in their shape and form.
Talk about how the form relates to their purpose. What distinguishes chairs used for ceremonial purposes, those used for leisure and those used for resting? Look at how designs differ depending on whether a chair is decorative, long-lasting, temporary or a status symbol. Talk about the materials used to make chairs, such as wood, metal, plastic and gold. How are the chairs made? Are they hand-carved or mass-produced?
The guide by your side – ensuring you are always up to date with the latest in education.
Get Tes magazine online and delivered to your door. Stay up to date with the latest research, teacher innovation and insight, plus classroom tips and techniques with a Tes magazine subscription.
With a Tes magazine subscription you get exclusive access to our CPD library. Including our New Teachers’ special for NQTS, Ed Tech, How to Get a Job, Trip Planner, Ed Biz Special and all Tes back issues.