Last week the Design and Technology Product Designers practiced making paper by hand while encasing seeds inside. This was something Mrs Barden first tried in the department last year after the lockdown with this years year 11s using dried pressed flowers inside. Below I will give you a step by step on how to do this process yourself and what tools and equipment you will need.
What you will need:
Elastic bands, a sponge, a frame and mesh of some kind, a an old food processor you no longer use for food, and finally, some items to encase into your paper for decoration. You will also need an absorbent towel as this can be a very messy process.
Here are some of our students outcomes:
Here is a photographic step by step of the process:
Updates On Our Growing!
Mrs Barden has brought in some of her crops that she began to plant throughout the Summer holidays for us to continue cultivating and we have begun to plant our radish this week using some old used paper cups as pots. Fingers crossed they will have progressed by next week for another update!
I thought I would take this time to refresh your memory on where were were at with our little growing green project at the end of term.
Below are a few images taken on the last day of school. We are happy to announce that they are still going strong and coming to the end of their fruit producing season and were looked after by a member of staff while we were off for the summer break.
We are currently in the process of planning our next seasonal crops and we cant wait to share with you how it goes!
We think our winter crops will be mostly winter greens, Calvo Nero kale and possibly some bulbs to brighten up the food room.
Stay tuned for our next post on Year 10’s recent paper-making practical where they implanted seeds and pressed flowers into their own hand-made paper.
I thought I would end the year with a final post following on from last weeks discussion of Bees & Bee hotels where I promised to share a post on how you can attempt to make your own bee hotel from collected waste materials??! As we are coming close to the summer holidays I thought I this would be a perfect time to provide you with an activities you can do over the summer break.
I found this activity on the RHS website so hopefully it works for you successfully.
What you’ll need: You do not need to build it too large, you can simply use: -Some kind of container or box with a base (9 – 15cm in size) A terracotta plant pot works well. -Modelling clay -Plastic straws, toilet roll or kitchen roll tubes or bamboo canes -any other scraps of wood offcuts or tubing -String
I also added an additional few layers of ironed plastic bags to make the outside of my design a little more waterproof. if you are considering adding this to your design please make sure someone is at home to help you carry out this technique safely. you will need some plastic bags of your choice, an iron and some greaseproof or siloconised baking paper.
What to do: -Cut the straws or bamboo canes to a length that fits the depth of your container. If you are using bamboo canes you might need someone to carry out this part as it’s tricky.
-Tie the bundle of straws or canes together with a piece of string.
-Place some modelling clay in the bottom of the container and stick the bundle of straws or canes in to the clay.
-Add any other bits of wood or tubing scraps if there is still a lot of space between the tubes. Place the container horizontally in your garden in a quiet place for the bees to move in.
You should also consider the placement it will sit in your garden, is it a covered sheltered location? Seeing as I have made my prototype from mostly card it will have to sit in a semi sheltered location.
If you are a St Marylebone student make sure to keep us posted on your progress and send in some images that we can share.
: Taken from the RHS website/ By Miss Dorman of her upcycled waste Bee hotel.
First Lego League (FLL)Robotics Competition – Core Values Winner 2021
Ms Barden ran her regular DT enrichment – ‘First Lego League Competition’ sponsored by Bechtel along with a group of students to put together this season’s Replay Project and Robot Mission!
For the Project, students investigated alternative ways student activity could potentially power the school. They were also delighted with the 140 points scored by successfully programming and completing their attempted robot missions.
Their teamwork paid off! They won the Core Values Trophy by showing the judges how effective they were at working together.
Well done to Nikoo and Lea in Year 10 and Mia and Isabella in you 8 for their hard work and dedication making participation in the competition possible.
We are hoping to welcome new Lego Roboteers in September to continue with our quest for the top prize!
The Final Growing Updates of This School Year!
As you can see below, our bell peppers are growing tremendously, our tomatoes are beginning to ripen on both types of tomato plants and we now have two aubergines coming in, and finally, our Basil and Rosemary plants that we planted in February 2020 just before the first Lockdown are still going strong!
Our urban cultivator has produced healthy green pea shoots, radish leaves and basil which some of the KS3 students have been using in their dishes. As we have come to the end of term, we have sent some basil plants home with some of the students so they can nurture them and reap their reward. Here’s Sala, Lexi & Ellie with their basil plants!
Unfortunately some of the plants will reach their peak during the Summer holidays, members of staff will be taking them home to look after during the summer holidays.
We cant wait to start our autumn crop!
HAVE AN AMAZING AND RELAXING SUMMER HOLIDAY ALL! We will be back in September with more Growing tips, tricks and department updates!
We do lots of printmaking, both in its own right, but also as a development process towards painting outcomes. I love the way these students have explored the medium of print for both final outcomes and process.