We worked through with this class on a 1:1 ratio making wire birds from the selection of wire available. Each child has around 30 minutes to do this , including getting their 'little blacksmith' uniform on of glasses,gloves and leather aprons; this is brilliant in itself mainly as the gloves and aprons are leather and dirty and smell different and the glasses are really little to fit the smallest children so everything is in the right proportion! It took me years to find the right small glasses suitable for children! The gloves are leather gardening gloves and I made the aprons myself so they would not be flapping around by their feet!
One of the pupils I worked with had the most amazing dexterity and patience. Working steadily and methodically, carefully and creatively to weave her wire bird with really no assistance from me other than finishing off cut ends. I was so impressed with this little girl, she will make an amazing weaver one day!
I also worked with a Foundation stage pupil, the youngest in school and he managed to make this lovely bird with loop-de-loop spiral wings!