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Autumn 2 - I Have a Dream

LET YOUR DREAMS GROW
We have begun this half term by thinking about our aspirations for the future; what we would like to be when we grow up.  Every pupils decided what they would like to be, the academic skills they would need for that job and the personal skills that they need to develop.  This was added to our 'WOW' tree.

In the future:
  • Mason aspires to be a triathlete;
  • Sophie B would love to become an illustrator;
  • Christina dreams of being a designer of fashion;
  • Jack would like to be a zoo keeper when he is older;
  • Jacob has dreams of becoming an analytical chemist.
I wonder how many of these will come true in the future?

Primary Engineers

So, having thought about what we might like to be when we grow up, we've begun looking at the career option of being an engineer.  We are involved in a project called Primary Engineering, where all pupils are developing skills through an engineering channel.

In pairs, pupils have begun making cars.  Initially we thought of a design for our car, with no background knowledge of the subject area.  Following this, we then measured wood to within 1mm and sawed it into the correct lengths, to make the chassis.  This proved to be quite challenging but everyone overcame their own personal difficulties.  Next we strengthened the joins with triangles (any links back to the d+t last half term!?). 

Moving on, everybody drew and cut triangles for the axle of the car, together with measuring and sawing wood on which the motor and battery pack will sit.  Now we are at the point, where we are making the engine mounts from 1mm card, which have to be shaped from a 70mm by 40mm rectangle.  Some children have gone to the lengths of making them 6 times to be able to work out what went wrong and to try and put it right... a lot of frustration crept in!

Our class seem to be really enjoying this D+T project, and I am seeing such an improvement in skills already :-)  Have a look below to see the different stages of making.

Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Testing of cars and car racing... :-)

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Picture 1 I wonder what we noticed...
Picture 2 I wonder what we noticed...
Picture 3 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 4 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 5 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 6 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 7 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 8 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 9 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 10 Some repairs needed both electrical and mechanical
Picture 11 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
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Picture 19 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
Picture 20 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
Picture 21 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
Picture 22 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
Picture 23 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
Picture 24 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
Picture 25 Testing of cars and car racing... :-)
Picture 26 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 27 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 28 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 29 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 30 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 31 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 32 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 33 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 34 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 35 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 36 Making an electrical circuit for our cars
Picture 37 Making an electrical circuit for our cars

First tests of our cars

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First tests of our cars

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First tests of our cars

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First tests of our cars

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Picture 1 'Making' our wires for our car circuit
Picture 2 Electrical Circuit Beetle Drive
Picture 3 Electrical Circuit Beetle Drive
Picture 4 Electrical Circuit Beetle Drive
Picture 5 Electrical Circuit Beetle Drive
Picture 6 Electrical Circuit Beetle Drive
Picture 7 Electrical Circuit Beetle Drive
Picture 8 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 9 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 10 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 11 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 12 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 13 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 14 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 15 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 16 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 17 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 18 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 19 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 20 Axles for wheels and support for cogs
Picture 21 Triangles to support our wheel axles
Picture 22 Triangles to support our wheel axles
Picture 23 Triangles to support our wheel axles
Picture 24 Triangles to support our wheel axles
Picture 25 Triangles to support our wheel axles
Picture 26 Triangles to support our wheel axles
Picture 27 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 28 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 29 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 30 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 31 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 32 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 33 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 34 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 35 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 36 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 37 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 38 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 39 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 40 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 41 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 42 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 43 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 44 Making the chassis for our cars
Picture 45 Our first car designs
Picture 46 Our first car designs
Picture 47 Our first car designs
Picture 48 Our first car designs
Picture 49 Our first car designs
Picture 50 Our first car designs
Picture 51 Our first car designs
Picture 52 Our first car designs
Picture 53 wow
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