Perse Prep pupils display their imagination at Design & Technology Exhibition
14 Jun 2019
Eye-catching creations by Perse Prep pupils are on show at the school’s annual design and technology exhibition.
Year 3 youngsters explored air pressure by making pneumatic models, using syringes to pump air into their designs, which included rockets, lightning clouds, aliens, UFOs, and even a bear eating an ice cream!
They also learned sewing techniques to stitch together colourful Egyptian landscape scenes, tying in with the topic they had been learning in history lessons, as well as using tie-dye to decorate the back of their pieces.
Year 4 children let their imaginations run wild in creating books featuring pop-up and lever mechanisms, with subjects ranging from mice eating cheese to outer space and cricket grounds to the armed forces.
The process of vacuum forming was also looked into with pupils challenged to design and make a food tray for toddler with places for a plate or dish as well as a knife, fork and spoon. Football, fish and flowers were aiming the innovative themes dreamt up for the designs.
Working in pairs, Year 5 pupils had had a big engineering project on their hands, making chairs for small children largely using just cardboard. They explored different techniques such as rolling the material into cylinders and weaving strips of board together to provide the strength needed for their projects.
Having been tested by Pelican pupils for stability, the brilliant end products included one designed to look like a pineapple and another that even included storage space within the design.
Meanwhile, Year 6 focused on using different materials, such as Perspex and foam board, to produce wonderfully colourful and imaginatively designed desk tidies. As well as spending a lot of time planning their pieces, pupils were introduced to hacksaws as well as being supervised in using the fret saw.
Prep Head of Design & Technology Dan Wansell said: “There’s a really high standard of work and I’m always excited about the imagination and creativity that goes into their designs. The children really like using different materials and tools to produce their work and they get excited about their projects going on display at the exhibition.”
The Prep DT exhibition runs until 21 June.