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Y3 Term 4 Totem poles

National Curriculum Content

  • To create sketch books to record their observations, and use them to review and revisit ideas.
  • To improve their mastery of art and design techniques, including sculpture with a range of materials.


Lesson Objectives

  1. Investigate how totem poles are made.
  2. Research and identify why animals are used.
  3. Research and design features such as eyes and mouths.
  4. Choose materials to display bold features for example coloured paper, feathers.
  5. Use cardboard attachment techniques to add wings and beaks.


What we want children to know

  • Totem poles are a form of art for many Native American tribes in North America.
  • Their meanings can be artistic or tell stories of local legends or events.
  • How to use cardboard to construct 3D objects.


What skills we want children to develop

  • Plan and develop ideas in sketchbooks and make simple choices about media.
  • With help measure, mark out, cut and shape a range of materials, with some accuracy.
  • Start to manipulate, construct and combine materials in order to make a product.



Colour, cutting, cardboard attachments, animals, eagle, bear, beaver, fox, owl