Foundations Project

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Foundations is an ambitious project. It aims to make a difference in Stoke-on-Trent as children build essential skills, have fun, improve their health outcomes, celebrate and inspire others.

Foundations is built on children’s curiosity in materials. It starts from their questions; where does clay come from? Why is it cracking? How does it harden? The answers come from digging in our local areas and exploring the clay beneath their feet.

We’ve partnered with local charity, The Hubb Foundation, to work with children across Stoke-on-Trent in open-ended and play-based sessions. All sessions are child-led and centred around discovery and fun.

The workshops are about:

  • Explore and Dig: Getting outside to get their hands mucky, exploring clay in areas where they spend time.
  • Test and Make: Making test tiles, exploring ideas, making objects and trialling what happens when you mix different elements together.
  • Think: Children reflect on our relationship with the earth under our feet.
  • Share: Children create films, images and information to share their discoveries with others.
  • Celebrate: Children will celebrate their discoveries within a national platform by hosting activities during British Ceramics Biennial.

Foundations is managed by British Ceramics Biennial with support from The Hubb Foundation to work with schools across Stoke-on-Trent.

Foundations is kindly supported via ‘Curiosity‘, a collaboration between BBC Children in Need and Wellcome Trust. ‘Curiosity‘ provides funding for organisations who want to run exciting and engaging science activities aimed at disadvantaged children and young people.

Film made by Steve Milligan of Clique Mojo Productions.