Technology Carnival for Local Primaries
Thursday, 09 June 2011
Bolton School hosted a Technology Festival for local Year 4 primary school pupils, providing an opportunity for them to make use of the School's technology facilities and to absorb themselves in Technology for the day.
Eight local Primary Schools took part, giving pupils the chance to spend a whole day focusing on technology and to experience activities in different technology areas. The day had a carnival theme - in Resistant Materials the pupils produced plastic masks which they each decorated in their own way, in Textiles they made colourful headdresses decorated with printed fabrics, and in Food Technology they made their own scone based smiley face pizzas. At the end of the day certificates were awarded to all pupils for taking part.
Schools taking part included Brownlow Fold, Gilnow Primary, Sunning Hill, Chorley New Road Primary, St Thomas Primary, The Valley, Gaskell Primary and Devonshire Road Primary.
The overwhelming decision on the favourite part of the day was making pizza! Katie from Chorley New Road Primary said: "The cooking was my favourite bit, I like baking cakes at home but this is different." Natasha, also of Chorley New Road Primary said: "I liked making the masks the best because we got to use different kinds of drills we don't normally get to use."
Teacher Lesley Allanson co-ordinates Technology at Devonshire Road Primary. She said: "It was such a good opportunity for the children to come and experience Technology in a different setting and to use new materials and equipment that we don't have at School. For example the children hadn't come across the Resistant Materials side of things before, and enjoyed watching how to use the machine to mould the plastic masks. The heat press in textiles to print on fabric was also new and exciting for them"
This is the first year the Technology festival has been held, joining the series of annual events in different subjects that the School coordinates for primary school boys and girls to attend, including festivals in Science, Maths, Languages and Sport. The events enable local youngsters to spend time in our school, be instructed by highly qualified staff and enjoy a day using the facilities and resources in events that span the curriculum.
Bolton School Primary Liaison co-ordinator, Miss Sarah Gorner said: "This has been a great opportunity to expand our programme of primary liaison events to include an area of the curriculum where the pupils can take advantage of the specialist equipment we have here in school. It has also been really nice to meet some Year 4 pupils and to stretch and challenge them outside of their usual classroom environment."