Due to the exploratory and ‘spontaneous’ approach in this subject, we will often go off in different directions depending on the ideas and interest of the children. And so the formal lesson plans are often deviated from to preserve a flexibility and originality of approach. New projects often ‘evolve’ from the children’s ideas in the sessions and it is an important part of the approach and style in this subject to maintain this flexibility and spontaneity. This generates a feeling with the children that they are going on a ‘journey’ in this subject each term. The formal lesson plans are only intended to be used as a basis and guide to the type of work and projects that are covered and are not intended to be rigidly adhered to.
Weeks 1 and 2 – Sliding vehicle designs with reciprocating movement. The children will be involved in designing and making a vehicle to slide on a 30cm modelling card track.
Weeks 3, 4 and 5 – Hydraulic designs using syringes and plastic tubing to create reciprocal movement. Materials used: syringes, PVC tubing, blockwood, laser plywood, modelling card and modelling foam.
Weeks 6 and 7 – ‘Structure Sculpture’ designs using laser plywood, blockwood, dowelling and modelling foam.
Weeks 8 and 9 – Designs incorporating revolving movement using card engineering and the children’s themes for artwork and ideas.