We love 3D Design – and we love working with primary schools so we spent last Wednesday grinning from ear to ear. It was a cold wet January day but we enough to be working with the whole of St Peter’s Primary School so that kept us happy!
We used flat packed cake boxes (I know!) to demonstrate to KS1 how we can take flat 2D objects and make them 3D with a few folds. The children were amazed and loved creating things out of their boxes – reception made wonderful buildings complete with windows and doors they had photographed and printed off. They actually look incredibly lifelike – especially when put together to form a street.
Year 1 made aquariums – they created a blue collage background for the water and hung their cut out fish from cotton so they could swim along. – someone even made a glorious octopus.
Y2 & 3 both created theatres form their boxes – Y2 made wonderful seaside Punch and Judy show and 3 designed and built shadow theatres to tell the story of their favourite books.
Y4 & Y5 wove paper to make baskets – again taking a flat material and giving it extra dimension. And they now have a perfect size holder eachh for their learning kits.
For Y6 we made our own version of Ray & Charles Eames House of Cards and discovered that by bending and attching and slotting together flat card we could make huge 3D structures
All in all a super fun time – with all 240 children taking home their unique 3D creation. We can’t wait to revisit in the Summer term.
Well what would you do with a sheet of plywood and some dowel? (and an amazing D&T teacher, a brilliant RCA student and 17 children?) We were lucky enough to be back at one of our favourite places last week – the spacious and well equipped DT block at Phoenix High School.
At the end of the February camp one of regular students, Beau, asked if we could make pinball machines. Well, we didn’t really have the time to create and arcade in 3 days but David Baker came up with a plan to make the next best thing.
All 17 children were given some wood, glue and nails and a worksheet. They discussed the challenges of making their own game, planned how and where they would put their traps and came up with a theme. They measured, sawed, glued and nailed accurately and creatively to create their very own version of the traditional wooden desktop game.
Led by Adam Findlay (ex-cabinet maker and now DT teacher) and ably assisted by Monika Muller (RCA) they worked really hard both in groups and alone to solve problems and find solutions.
It was wonderful to see their ideas taking shape and by Thursday afternoon we had 17 very different bagatelles! Ranging from Batman, through PacMan, and including Night Sky and beautifully sanded and varnished wood we almost did have our own arcade!
We love this film that Evi Longo made for us. If you’re wondering what Design Camp is all about have a look here!