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We believe that children and young adults should have fun whilst they learn.


Our engaging workshops aim to support learning in line with National Curriculum subjects and focus on 'hidden learning' to allow participants to explore, create and showcase their products.

Pupils should be taught:

  • to use a range of materials creatively to design and make products

  • to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space


Pupils should be taught:

  • mass/weight [for example, heavy/light, heavier than, lighter than]

  • capacity and volume [for example, full/empty, more than, less than, half, half full, quarter]

  • measure and begin to record the following: lengths and heights, 
    mass/weightcapacity and volume

  • choose and use appropriate standard units to estimate and measure length/height in any direction (m/cm); mass (kg/g); temperature (°C); capacity (litres/ml) to the nearest appropriate unit, using rulers, scales, thermometers and measuring vessels


Pupils should be taught:

  • are competent in the arts of speaking and listening, making formal presentations and demonstrating to others


Pupils should be taught:


  • design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria

  • generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology


  • select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]

  • select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics


  • explore and evaluate a range of existing products




Pupils should be taught:

  • distinguish between an object and the material from which it is made


  • identify and name a variety of everyday materials

  • describe the simple physical properties of a variety of everyday materials


  • compare and group together a variety of everyday materials on the basis of their simple physical properties

  • identify and compare the suitability of a variety of everyday materials for particular uses

  • find out how the shapes of solid objects made from some materials can be changed by squashing, bending, twisting and stretching.


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