Young Farmers – Apprentice Level Update

The children who are competing at Apprentice Level have been working really hard to complete their designs and build their chassis. It has it’s own axles and wheels too!

We are very lucky here at Norbridge Academy, to have a varied, rich and broad curriculum. This means that Design Technology is part of our ongoing curriculum. As the children are already prepared with skills that are needed for this entry level, they were able to make their vehicle confidently.

Once the children had saw Miss Greave’s tractor, they were inspired to make their own for the competition. They even had the opportunity to sit inside and imagine what it would be like to be a real farmer.

The children had to complete some final paper drawings before they could measure the wood with rulers. To gauge the size of the vehicle, they spaced the wheels flat against the table. Mr Dougill carefully watched them use a handsaw so that they could accurately cut all of the pieces of wood needed for their vehicle. The children then repeated these careful steps for the axles. They had to make sure that the tractor was free-running too.

With Mr Dougill’s help, the vehicle was put together with a hot glue gun. They carefully attached pegs to the chassis, in order for the axles to fit. The children found this a little bit tricky, but they used a ruler for accuracy.

Soon, the children will be testing the vehicle to make sure that it runs in a straight line. Watch this space….

Week 1 – Researching the Vehicles

We have spent some time thinking about the designs for the vehicles and the types of vehicles that we would like to enter into the Regional Finals. Have a read below to find out more about our entries:

Apprentice Level 1:

This year we are making a tractor. We have chosen to make a tractor because Miss Greaves, a teacher from our school, lives on her farm and her tractor visited our school. We will need to make sure the vehicle will be able to run in a straight line when we push it down a ramp.

Engineer Level 1:

This year we are making two completely different types of vehicles. A few of us really like Mr. Bean, so we have designed him a new Mini car to drive around in. Our other car is based on the Bluebird-Proteus, the fastest land speed record car. Both of these vehicles will have an electric motor and will need to be able to climb a ramp in a straight line. We are very excited to see the vehicles come together.

Apprentice Level – Update!

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.

The next part of our entry process is the testing, as well as the decorating! Watch this space..! 

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle 2

Attaching the Wheel to the Axle 2

Completed Wheels

Completed Wheels Completed Wheels

Measuring the Chassis 2

Measuring the Chassis

Measuring the Chassis 2

Measuring the Chassis 2

Plastic Axles for the Wheels

Plastic Axles for the Wheels

Putting the Chassis Together 2

Putting the Chassis Together 

Putting the Chassis Together

Putting the Chassis Together 2

Using the Handsaw

Using the Handsaw

Using the Handsaw 2

Using the Handsaw 2

Week 1 – Researching the Vehicles

We have thought long and hard about the designs for the vehicles which we are entering into the Regional Finals. For the Apprentice Level 1 entry, we are making a bus, which will need to keep an object secure when pushed down a ramp. For the Engineer Level 1 entries, we are focusing on the theme of VW camper vans. We are hoping to design a VW camper van with a surfing theme, as well as the Mystery Machine from the well-known cartoon series: Scooby Doo. Both of these will have an electric motor and will need to climb a ramp in a straight line. We are very excited to see the vehicles come together.IMG_0627

Watch the video of us researching our ideas at http://www.norbridge.org/y5-acer-class/