D.T Workshop Take 1... Measuring and Preparing 'Houses' for our CAM Mechanisms, Drilling, Sawing and Gluing!
As a follow-on project after studying Victorian toys and to help develop engineering skills in our current 'Inventions' unit, we have investigated the inner workings of CAM mechanisms. After researching and exploring different CAM profiles and the linear movement produced by the follower from the rotary movement of an axel/shaft, we designed our own moving toys. Yesterday was spent mainly measuring and today we began construction work - what an amazing afternoon!
In maths, Miss Mack's group worked incredibly hard to create their own healthy, fruit juice cocktails - and maths was the key ingredient! Using our ml conversion skills alongside fraction conversion to decimal and percentages, we designed our own jazzy juices. In groups of 5, the recipes were peer assessed and one was chosen for the final shake and stir! Capacity work then came into play and everyone worked hard as a team to measure each key ingredient. The final stage was to peer assess each others, rating the drinks on appearance after fruit dressing and taste. These statistics will soon be presented using our comparative graph drawing skills and again in ICT applying our Microsoft Excel spreadsheet knowledge for graph representation! Juicy-licious!
To demonstrate our understanding and consideration of character perspectives, we created freeze-frame drama scenes in small groups which were then thoughtfully annotated using speech and thought bubbles. This happened after extracting the story from the narrative poem and discussing possible motives and suspects/informers. What a cracking unit! We are also currently producing our own 'Movie Trailers', imagining the poem being produced in film format... The trailers will soon be posted so watch out - they're fabulous and cleverly show-case our great non-verbal communication skills!
To kick-off our stand-alone Narrative Poetry Unit on The Highwayman by Alfred Noyes, we began by researching who highwaymen were in history (17th &18th Centuries), where they operated, how they were perceived by the people of the time and also looked into some of the tricky, traditional vocabulary used by the poet in his famous poem. These researched definitions were then collaboratively added to a class 'Highwayman Dictionary' to put on our English Working Wall for future reference if needed... How incredibly interesting!
After looking into inventions during the Victorian era, we delved further into inventions of great significance. Using our fabulous science understanding of sound travel and materials, as well as our research and maths measuring skills, we got into partners to create a basic telephone using different lengths of string to see if length had an impact on the quality of sound received.
At the end of last term, after studying Victorian children and toys alongside Charles Dickens and A Christmas Carol, we used our creative skills and recycled fabrics to create our own, traditional peg dolls.