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Fabulous Fun at Technology Carnival

Thursday, 12 June 2014

As part of Bolton School’s Primary Liaison Programme, the Girls’ Division was pleased to welcome forty Year 4 pupils from ten local primary schools for the Primary Liaison Technology Day. This was a great opportunity for primary school pupils to use the equipment and workshops in Bolton School’s technology departments, and to push their designing and making skills!

The boys and girls were delighted with the carnival-themed activities. They had the opportunity to experience three different sessions: creating headdresses in Textiles, making masks in Resistant Materials, and baking scone-based pizzas in food Technology.

In the Food Technology classroom, the children had great fun kneading together the ingredients for their pizza bases. They paid close attention to the instructions before rolling out the dough and adding their choice of ingredients.

The mask-making was really interesting for the children, and gave them the opportunity to create a full-face mask: perfect for disguise in a carnival setting! They were given a demonstration of how the masks were first created using a special machine, which heated a flat sheet of rigid polystyrene before pressing it over a mask-shaped mould. The primary school pupils were amazed by this technique! They were then given a wide variety of plastic shapes to use as decorations. They had great fun creating both patterned and asymmetrical masks!

The Textiles session saw the children creating carnival-themed headdresses to complete their ‘costume’ for the day. They were introduced to several textiles techniques. Under the careful supervision of the Textiles staff, they created a sublimation printed pattern by first colouring in a pattern using transfer crayons, then using a heat press to transfer it onto synthetic fabric. They were also able to create a woven sample, which introduced them to a plain weave and the concept of warp and weft yarns in woven cloth. The sample and sublimation printed pattern were then used to decorate the headdress, and finishing the touches of yarn, flowers and beads were added.

The day was organised by Miss Samantha Tomlinson, one of the school’s Primary Liaison Coordinators, with the help of the Textiles, Resistant Materials and Food Technology staff. Pupils from the Girls’ Division also assisted in making the Technology Day run smoothly throughout.

The primary school children really enjoyed bringing out their creative side throughout the day, and were delighted to take all of their wonderful creations home with them to show to their families.

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The children add the finishing touches to their headdresses

The children add the finishing touches to their headdresses

Two boys concentrate as they roll out their dough

Two boys concentrate as they roll out their dough

Some of the children show off their finished masks

Some of the children show off their finished masks