Teaching Ideas : Spooky Classroom

The children can practise and develop skills in art and design to produce a range of artwork to decorate the classroom for Halloween. The class can use moulding materials to make models of pumpkins with a range of scary faces.

Working with paper materials, the children can make stained glass Halloween shapes to stick to windows.The class can select the best materials to use when making cobwebs to drape around the classroom. Using papier mache the children can try producing spooky monsters to hang around display boards.

Clay Pumpkins
The class can practise using self-hardening clay to make some pumpkins to display in the spooky classroom. The children can roll some clay into a ball and squash the top to change it into a pumpkin shape. Get them to explore different tools that can be used to imprint the pattern of sections around the pumpkin’s skin. The class can use blunt plastic knives to carve scary faces in their completed pumpkins. Tell the children to leave their shaped clay pumpkins in a warm area in the classroom to dry before painting. The class can then paint the whole pumpkin in a single colour before sticking some gold or silver foil paper in the carved shapes to imitate light shining from the inside of the pumpkin.

Halloween Stained Glass Windows
Help the children explore how to work with paper materials to create the effect of a stained glass window in the classroom. The children should draw a simple Halloween shape on some black sugar paper using chalk. Get them to cut the outline of the shape leaving spaces to add coloured tissue paper. For example when making a pumpkin shape the children should cut out the face carving spaces. The children can then glue some coloured tissue paper on the back of the sugar paper to fill in the spaces. The completed artwork can then be stuck to the classroom windows so that sunlight can shine through the coloured tissue paper.

Class Cobwebs
Get the children to explore the best materials to use when making spooky cobwebs to hang around the classroom. First, tell the class to draw the shape of their cobweb on a piece of paper. The children can then layer and weave materials such as string, ribbon or strips of tissue paper on the shape template. Encourage the class to test ways of joining the materials by knotting and weaving the materials together. The children can use the completed cobwebs to decorate corners around the classroom. They could make some shapes of spiders using tissue paper to add to their cobweb shapes.

Monsters and Creatures
Working with papier mache, the children can make some models of different monsters and creatures to hang around the classroom. Get the class to draw the shape of a monster or creature on a piece of cardboard painted black. The children can then use strips of paper soaked in papier mache to build the 3D shape of the monster or creature on the cardboard as a raised relief. Once the papier mache has dried then the artwork can be painted in bright colours. Pierce a hole in the top of the cardboard and thread through some ribbon so that it can be displayed around the classroom.

Check out some of these teaching packs on this topic

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