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Introducing Primary Students to Design Technology at APS

This week, primary students had some wonderful opportunities to participate in Design Technology projects led by Secondary DT teacher, Mr Chandler. 

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Year 3 classes and a Year 6 class visited APS to go through a whole design and making process. There was great focus and concentration plus a real buzz as our younger students used tools, as well as designing and choosing images for the laser cutter. “it burns the wood to cut” reported Hannah from 3I.

Year 3s visit was to support their International Primary Curriculum topic of ‘Chocolate’. They designed their own chocolate bar and wrapping, cut the image out of MDF using tools including coping saws and files, adjusting their vices to make it easier to saw. They chose their images and then watched the laser cutter in action.  They used the vacuum former equipment to make the moulds that they will pour chocolate into next week. So many fantastic skills!

Y3 completed evaluations and reflected on what they had enjoyed; “sawing the MDF”, and what they found challenging; “the wood keeps breaking”. They observed that “when I’m sawing it makes a crunching sound”.

Y6 students had an extended session starting in the Mac suite to design a simple game and moving into the DT labs to make. This was a wonderful opportunity for them to be in a secondary environment and participate in a real secondary project, in preparation for their own move to year 7 next academic year.

Maria Shooter, Class Teacher

Read what Y6 had to say about their visit:

6V Engage in Design Technology At APS

On Wednesday 18th of January, 6V ventured over to APS as we were invited to participate in a Design project by Mr. Chandler. When we reached there, we met Mr Chandler who kindly said to us that we were going to make a ball bearing game using the laser cutter. Everyone became incredibly excited.

Firstly, we were shown how to use the design software, called Adobe Illustrator in the Apple Suite. Once we had designed our background template, we went into the room with the laser cutter to see how it worked. We all found it really amazing the way the laser cutter engraved the picture in the acrylic plates and then cut them to form the shape.

We moved into another DT room to see how the vacuum former was used, there were so many exciting machines and tools in there as well. Using the vacuum former, we made the plastic packaging. First we had put the moulds onto the tray and then lowered it into the machine. Then 3 people were allowed to use it at once because the moulds fitted evenly in the machine.

Now we had the all the parts to the ball bearing game, we had to glue them together. Before sticking the last side of our ball game, we inserted 4 small ball bearings which we would use to play the game.

To finish off the packaging we traced cardboard packaging onto pieces of card to cut out. We came back to APP and decorated our packaging card with designs to make it look nice.

WOW, what an amazing morning.

We would like to give Mr. Chandler a huge thank you for giving up his time and gave Year 6 such a great opportunity, it was truly inspiring and we cannot wait to be in secondary next year.

Anya Chakrabarty, and Nicole Lim

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