Road signs, skateboards, umbrellas & summer holiday homework

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There are a number of new courses that have been added to the course calendar this week because of requests from teachers. As my husband and I are a small independent company we are often able to be very flexible on meeting the needs of teachers. This means we can often add a course, both at short notice, and for small numbers of delegates, all at no additional charge. The recent new additions include a KS3 new curriculum course for all D&T teachers on 17th July, an A level textiles course on 16th July and a textiles practical skills course on 22nd September. Email me at julie@julieboyd.co.uk if you are interested in a course being added to the calendar. 

Don’t forget I am also running a textiles session at the D&T Association Summer School on Friday 10th July (2.15 - 5.00pm). 


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Regular #ThinkDo activities are posted on Instagram. Use for homework, revision & keeping students thinking about D&T every day. 

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#ThinkDo #Revision What textiles technique has been used to create the pattern on this t.shirt? What are the disadvantages of this technique?

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Focus on D&T:  For all D&T teachers

50 Years of the Road Sign

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We think of road signs as an everyday thing but they first appeared on our streets in 1965. The first signs were designed by Jock Kinnier and Margaret Calvert and their designs went onto standardise the road signage system. Kinnier and Calvert created many of the signs we see today and introduced two new typefaces: transport and motorway. To celebrate the 50 year anniversary of road signs there are a series of events, including an exhibition of signs by contemporary designers, all of which aim to make the viewer think about design, and the environment road signs are in, in a different way. The exhibition can be viewed at the Made North Gallery in Sheffield until 1st August and will also be part of the London Design Festival from 19th - 27th September. 

http://goo.gl/ea1QHyFind out more about Kinnier and Calvert’s work on the Design Museum website 


Skateboards

http://goo.gl/UVmsBW  - Lovenskate is a skateboard printing company based in East London that hand prints skateboards. Watch the video about the company showing the hand cut artwork and screen printing process. The second video also includes screen printing onto t.shirts towards the end. 

http://bit.ly/1IxOyRV -  A video showing how old fishing nets are turned into skateboards  (via Matt Bell on the Product Design Surgery Facebook group)

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http://bit.ly/1FBsZv4 - Video on how wooden skateboards are made. This video also shows heat transfer printing as an alternative to screen printing that Lovenskate use. 

http://goo.gl/VAfbxj - Hydroflex who produce fibre glass composite skateboards. This page has some information on the skateboards and a video. Also take a look at the links to various media articles at the bottom of the page as they also have some useful information in them.  


Course Updates: For All D&T Teachers

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

A Beginners Guide to Electronics
Wed 1 July (& Mon 7 Dec Liverpool & Wed 16 Dec Nottingham)

New KS3 Curriculum: Maximising Progression in D&T 
17th July, Nottingham NEW DATE 

KS3 & 4 Transition: Becoming an 11-16 School
Tues 7 July, Nottingham

An Introduction to 3D Software & 3D Printing for Beginners 
Fri 9th Oct London & Wed 14 Oct Liverpool 

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


Focus on T&L & Leadership

Summer Holiday Homework

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In the TES recently there was an article about a teacher from Italy who has designed a set of unconventional tasks for his students to complete over the summer holiday. Called ‘homework for life’ the tasks are a mixture of light hearted things such as 'walking by the sea, thinking about the things you love most in life’ through to more academic tasks such as using vocabulary learnt in lessons over the last year. 

This would be a great idea for any year group. You could set the same tasks for all year groups or set specific tasks for groups based on a focus relevant to the learning the group will do in September. There are loads of D&T related things that could be included from visits, taking photos and collecting things, through to simple things like becoming more aware of D&T products in everyday life. This idea could also give you an instant display when the new term starts. 

See the article at http://bit.ly/1Jji8O9 



Focus on Textiles: Back to  my roots!

For Those Rainy Summer Days! 

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http://bbc.in/1GqupKv - Great article on umbrellas that asks how the basic umbrella design could be improved. The article includes a brief history of the umbrella as well as a number of innovative umbrella designs. This would be a great product analysis activity, looking at the problems with current umbrella designs, considering the types of fabrics used, and getting students to come up with an innovative design themselves. 

http://bit.ly/1LC6Yl4 - Children’s colour changing jacket by Squid London that changes colour in the rain

http://bit.ly/1HeDlbw - Colour changing umbrella by Squid London that changes colour in the rain (I have also seen these for sale in Waterstones).

http://www.umbrellahistory.net - A website dedicated to umbrellas!

http://bit.ly/1JjftnM - Video on manufacturing umbrellas

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If you are looking for a team work project idea that uses recycled materials umbrellas are a good choice.  I have done this with a lot of classes in the past and the finished results make a really eye catching display (although they aren’t much good in the rain unless you use water resistant fabric!). You can buy cheap umbrellas from places like Ikea (they currently have black ones for £2 each) and remove the nylon cover which you can then use to make a pattern template (don’t forget to add on a seam allowance).  Students decorate a triangle each which are then sewn together and used to recover the original frame.


One Month to the Closing Date of my Competition 

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There is just one more month until the closing date for my competition where one lucky school will win an embellisher machine - have you sent your student entries in yet? The closing date is 24th July. 

Find out more at http://goo.gl/kU99i9


Book Your Place on The Textiles Teacher Event & Get a Freebie Worth Over £35!

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Keep an eye on my Facebook page next week as I will be announcing a freebie that everyone who books a ticket for The Textiles Teacher Event on 3rd October will receive on the day (including everyone who has already booked their place). All I can reveal at the moment is that the freebie has a retail value of over £35 which in itself will pay for the ticket fee (and that’s not including all the other freebies on the day). Find out more about the event at http://goo.gl/IHWgj7


Course Updates: For All D&T Textiles Teachers

Click on the links below to find out more or click here to see the full course calendar

An Introduction to E-textiles for Beginners
13th July, Nottingham JUST OVER 2 WEEKS LEFT TO BOOK

A Level Product Design Textiles: Developing Key Knowledge and Skills for Units 1 & 3     16th July, Nottingham NEW DATE

Introduction to A Level Product Design Textiles 
12th Oct, Nottingham

Advanced Programmable E-textiles: Meeting the Electronics Requirements of the KS3 Curriculum   Mon 6 July, Nottingham

Back to Basics - An Introduction to Textiles Practical Skills for Beginners   Wed 8th July, Nottingham

Back to Basics: Developing Your Textiles Practical Skills (intermediate level)  22nd September, Nottingham NEW DATE

The Textiles Teacher Event 
Sat 3 October, Nottingham 
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Raising the Profile of Textiles in Your School
Wed 9 Dec, Nottingham

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review?Why not request a course in school as part of your department’s ‘gained time’?
We offer a wide range of courses on all areas of D&T, teaching & learning, coaching, leadership, & behaviour management. Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost. Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk for details. 


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