Thomas Estley Community College (Leicestershire)

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Using materials in a different way for the new GCSE


With the D&T GCSE requiring all students to have a broader knowledge of materials this mini project designed by Louise Burnett at Thomas Estley Community College in Leicestershire is a great practical way of getting students to think beyond the stereotypes surrounding how materials can be used. 


Louise gave students a range of materials, including flexible wood veneer, duct tape (polyethylene), metal eyelets, leather, denim, ribbon, and buttons and let them experiment using the materials to create gift tag designs using a range of basic skills.


As well as the practical activity students also researched all the materials they used and their properties. Students enjoyed the project and Louise felt that the project showed that students were open to using mixed materials to design and make with.

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