The children who are entering the Primary Engineer competition at Apprentice Level have been working really hard with their designs and we now have a chassis, complete with axles and wheels!
Design Technology is an ongoing part of the curriculum at Norbridge Academy, so the children are already prepared with skills that are needed for this entry level.
Firstly, the children thought of a theme for their vehicle. Here at Norbridge, we are very lucky to have our own double-decker bus, which is currently being transformed into a KS1 library, a blogging space and a classroom. This has influenced the children to design and make their own bus.
After the children completed their final drawings of their design, they measured the wood with rulers and spaced the wheels flat against the table. This gave them the size of their vehicle. Using handsaws, the children accurately cut all of the pieces needed. This was repeated for the axles and the pen tubes needed for the wheels to become free-running.
Next, the children used a hot glue gun (with the help of Mr Dougill) to bring the vehicle together. They attached the pegs carefully to the chassis, in order for the axles to fit. This was very tricky, but the children used a ruler for accuracy.