In this lesson, students have been focusing on finishing their pine wood to a professional finish using the band facer and abrasive paper. It is always fascinating as a teacher to see the different reactions from students when they are first introduced to new pieces of equipment in Design and Technology. You always get two polarised views; students who can’t wait to get on the machine and others who are understandably nervous. It truly is a highlight of my day when a student who was very uncertain about using a piece of machinery leaves my classroom with the feeling of ‘actually that was really fun!’
In the next few weeks, Year 7 will produce a fully working noteholder that they will be able to take home and use. Most importantly, they will have learnt a wealth of information about working with different varieties of timber and working within a workshop environment. Practical skills for a practical world.
Mrs Charline Procter