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3D Day

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 takeĀ 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.

 

Big Structures and Forest Schools

What a great evening we all had last night at the RCA in Kensington Gore. Our CPD session was really well attended. It was heartening to hear from some our our regulars how they have been using new ideas from our last meeting in the classroom and it sounds like lessons have been good fun.

Yesterday we looked in to scaling up and making big structures. Fiona MacDonald showed up how to make giant viewfinders in which the pupils can use themselves as subjects and we learned about a project she ran recently with children at the Olympic Park.

Olivia Woodward came along to share her Forest School ideas with us. She takes groups of 15 or so children into the woods next to her school and they build structures and shelters with any materials they can find. When asked how to check a structure was safe one of her pupils told us about the “kick test”, with an enthusiasm that made us all smile!

We also talked about our new favourite thing – borrowed from our friends Holly May Mahoney and Niall Morahan – a three sectioned board so we can record what we do under the headings -AWESOME IDEAS, EPIC FAILURES, and EPIC QUESTIONS. We love it!