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I live in a small rural village in Derbyshire, where I enjoy walking and being inspired by nature and the countryside. Work Produced in Schools
Whilst Training Professional Aspirations and Target Setting Career Aspirations Websites of Interest used throughout my PGCE Electronics Projects Monitoring Skills, Knowledge and Understanding. Previous Education
and Qualifications RM Projects Flanimals Project Year 8.
Soldering, CAD/CAM- CorelDraw and using the laser cutter, PIC programming and constructing. In which aspects of teaching would you value further experience? http://www.data.org.uk/ - The Design and Technology Association
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/education/- To keep up to date with the Educational News and Government Plans.
http://www.artsthread.com/ - Creative Arts Website - New Designers and Ideas May 2011 National Certificate for Dental Nurses -
Fully Qualified Dental Nurse
July 2008 B.A. HONS Sheffield Hallam University
in Metalwork and Jewellery
July 2005 BTEC National Diploma in Fine Art -
Distinction Merit Merit
Sept 2004 City & Guilds Key Skills Level 2
Application of Number My Educational Qualifications from School to University to Work related qualifications August 2011 GCSE Maths Retake Grade C
Sept 05 - 08 Sheffield Hallam University
Sept 03 - 05 Chesterfield College
Sept 98 - 03 Lady Manners School Education History Qualifications Art and Design Textiles A
Art and Design A
Religious Studies A
Citizenship Studies B
English Literature C
Mathematics Taken 2011 C GCSE Results Sophia Brocklehurst At this stage, which aspect(s) of teaching do you find most interesting and rewarding? University /
Academic Work SKE - Doorbell Project. GPS My career aspirations within teaching is to achieve, encourage and promote Design and Technology to all students and within a whole school community. I wish to be an inspirational teacher who can not only inform but motivate all students within the subject.
I believe it is important to close a gender divide between subjects of Design and Technology and this would be a challenge I wish to set myself for my future of teaching.
Within the subject area I wish to continue with gaining knowledge and experience in all areas of Design and Technology, despite potentially being restricted by a job title specialism. Audio Amplifier Year 7.
Soldering, CAD/CAM- CorelDraw and using the laser cutter, using jigs to drill, Construction and assembly of various parts. Teaching and Learning Project. Textiles Project Hand Puppet - Year 8.
Learning how to use patterns, various hand stitches, applique and how to use the sewing machine to construct and finish the puppet. Students Example work- Placement School 1. Students Work- Placement School 2. My Example Work Produced in Schools during both placements.
Included in this booklet is the Assessment Criteria for the Youth Culture Canvas Project.
This table displays the criteria students must meet to achieve the Attainment Levels in accordance with the National Curriculum Program of Study for Key Stage 3. Assessment Criteria Using a range of Textiles Techniques, create an original wall Canvas that reflects the Youth Culture of today.
On your canvas you must include:
At least one other Technique of decoration e.g. Fabric pens.
Recycled Materials of your choice.
Think about - What is important to the youth of today?
What are teenagers interested in?
Think about - Fashions, Bands, Political Issues, Technology. Project Brief Listed below are the Key Concepts explored during the Youth Culture Canvas Project:
The importance of Design and Technlogy - 1.1a, 1.1b, 1.1c,1.1d, 1.2a, 1.2b, 1.3a, 1.3b, 1.3c, 1.4a, 1.4b, 1.4c.
Key Processess - 2a, 2b, 2c, 2d, 2e, 2f, 2g,2h.
Range and Content - 3a, 3b,3c, 3d, 3e, 3j, 3k, 3l *, 3m.
Curriculum Opportunties - 4a, 4b, 4c, 4d, 4e, 4f, 4g.
* This depends if the school can adopt smart materials and incorporate these into the project. Not all schools have these materials or facilities to offer this. This Scheme of Work is a framework outline of the layout and contents for the Youth Culture Canvas Project.
It is open to amendments depending of the facilities, subject allocated time and materials available.
It is intended that the duration of the project will last for 15 hours, spread evenly over 15, 1 hour lessons. 1 homework assignment should be set weekly and should cross over 2 lessons.
All to the digression of the teacher presenting the project with their professional judgement for the content and layout of each lesson. Scheme of Work Framework These are materials needed to enable production of theory work, recording and storing all the work completed by the students throughout the project.
Pencil, Rubber, Pencil Sharpener
Folders for work to be stored
Plastic wallets General Materials for Project History
Researching and investigating appropriate Youth Cultures from past decades and the significance of these movements.
Comparing modern production technology to traditional methods.
Using spread sheets to cost materials to progress the students mathematical and business understandings.
Using standard units of measurements.
Scale of design whilst using drawing software and in developmental stages of the project.
Art and Design
Researching into galleries and art with the production of canvas pieces.
Research relevant artists and their style in the following subjects- Textiles artists, Youth Culture artists, Graffiti.
Investigating and manipulating materials and images.
Considering colour and decoration for intended audience. This list is for the extension of work that could be produced to lengthen learning opportunities once the project had been successfully fabricated.
Production of a poster for the canvas display.
Production of a manufacturing Business plan, with branding and costing details.
Research into Galleries that could display the final piece, writing an introductory letter that can be sent to the gallery co-ordinator concerning the collection of work.
These suggestions are all in accordance with the facilities, funds and resources available to the schools departments. For the teacher’s digression, the list below is a brief outline of extensions of learning opportunities for the students during the manufacturing and developmental stages of the project.
Incorporation of Smart materials into the canvas would enable development and knowledge on electronics, systems and controls for students. Such as electrical thread, moveable parts, LED lights into design.
Different types of fabric colouring techniques or the amount of techniques to be included in the final piece could be increased.
Making the canvas a 3D design.
If students are constructing the framework themselves, the production of different sizes of frame or amount of canvas could be made available.
Students making their own recyclable materials to be used e.g. paper making, weaving of fabric. Extension and Enrichment for Project The learning outcomes achieved by the end of this project will enable students to have the ability to-
Use a variety of fabric decoration processes to create pattern and interest.
Use CAD/ CAM software to create designs and use this on the appropriate machines- Laser Cutter and CNC Vinyl cutting equipment.
Combine both hand sewing and machine sewing to the advantage of the piece in decorative form.
Create high quality product through aesthetically attractive design and subject.
To transfer knowledge and understanding of current influences into an effective design.
The ability to create a product that has market retail value. During the project pupils will develop-
Clear recognition of previously learnt skills to aid design development.
Using and combining a selection of decorative techniques and processors to create visually stimulating designs that correspond to the theme of the project.
Understanding of historical youth cultures and the factors behind these.
Recognising current cultures, interests and trends that influence the current generation.
Investigating sustainable materials for design and decorative purposes.
The ability to use CAD/ CAM software to create quality designs relevant to their work.
Have the ability and understanding of using a Laser cutting machine to produce designs or resources to use within their work.
Critically reflecting on the final product and understanding the importance of this.
Consider its potential for a commercial market for their final piece and how this can be suitable for creating a high quality finished product. Project Aims This booklet contains all the relevant information to produce a Textiles Key Stage 3, Year 9 Design and Make Assignment (DMA). The theme for this particular project is ‘Youth Culture’. Youth Culture is a diverse topic offering an opportunity for students to interpret it in many different ways, presenting a window to display individualism. Throughout the DMA, students are encouraged to research past and present cultures and to use these influences to ultimately produce a textiles canvas, displaying their own, current interpretation of Youth Culture. Introduction For the purpose of the Youth Culture Project, enclosed is examples of resources for the first lesson for the project.
Work Booklet for the Project.
Lesson Youth Culture Worksheets, for both Lower and Higher Students.
Wooden Frame Measurement Drawing.
Lesson 1 Power Point Presentation. Example Resources
Included is a sample of a Lesson Plan.
This has been produced for Lesson 1 of the Scheme of Work, this outlines the lesson content with all relevant information and differentiation needed for the class in each lesson. Example of Lesson Plan
During this project students will use a wide range of ideas, materials, techniques and computer aided learning for designing and manufacture.
The students will not only use their existing knowledge previously acquired throughout prior Key Stage 3 projects but gain new information, techniques and knowledge.
Students will learn about retail market for their product as well as researching into subject designers and artists. National Curriculum Program of Study for Key Stage 3 Technology
Identifying the strengths of the wood being used.
Construction of the wooden frame and the joints being used in the production of the frame (Optional).
Using equipment or materials for the attachment / mounting of the canvas.
Using a range of software for the production and designing.
The use of spread sheets for the equipment and materials list used during the project.
(Costing Sheet also produced on a spread sheet, this is optional).
Researching and identifying relevant information in relation to the project theme, existing products and Youth cultures present and past.
Using appropriate equipment for the manufacturing of the design or components/ features of the design. Laser Cutter and Vinyl Cutter. Links with other Curriculum Areas Subjects of modern Youth Cultures:
Technologies, Fashions, Famous People, Current Issues or Events.
Past Youth Cultures to Modern Day Youth Cultures.
Decades – 1950’s, 1960’s, 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s.
Analysis of existing Products and designs.
Using at least three different types of fabric decoration within the design:
Screen Printing, Fabric Pens, Fabric Crayons, Tie Dye, Silk Painting, Batik.
Computer Aid Design and Computer Aid Manufacturing:
2D Design Program to work alongside, Laser Cutter, CNC Vinyl Cutter.
Testing and Evaluating. Key Concepts for Project The learning outcomes achieved by the end of this project will enable students to have a clear understanding of –
The advantages of using hand sewing to form decorative patterns, not only function.
The use of decorative textiles.
Control for using sewing machines.
A wide range of materials and techniques to create and develop decoration.
Theory based activities to improve understanding and knowledge.
Importance to research into previous cultures or movements to influence current visions.
The links with other curriculum subjects and how this transfers the skills and knowledge to the products themes, progression and development.
Advantages of using sustainable or recyclable materials.
The use of appropriate and suitable colours, patterns and design for a desired target market.
Using drawing programs to aid designs and produce accurate and effective resources and equipment to use during the production of the project. Learning Outcomes Introduction
Key Concepts for Project
Extension and Enrichment for Project
Links to other Curriculum Areas
Resources / Equipment List
General Materials for Project
Equipment for Project Contents Page Design and Make Assignment
Key Stage 3
Youth Culture Canvas Below is the equipment needed to complete the Youth Culture Canvas.
CAD/ CAM Software- 2D Design Program or Equivalent
CNC Vinyl Cutting Machine
Sticky Back Plastic
Staple Gun and Staples
Screen Printing Screens
Drawing Pins x 8
Batik Wax Cauldron
Internet Access Equipment for Project Sequins
200mm x 200mm Calico Fabric for colouring and decorating
Other Fabric for decoration if available
Recyclable Materials – Paper, Wrappers, Packaging Materials
300mm x 300mm Square of Calico Fabric
Tie Dye Inks
Buttons Below are the materials and equipment needed to produce the Youth Culture Canvas for one student. Resources/ Equipment List Leaving school having completed my GCSEs, I attended Chesterfield College to study a BTEC National Diploma in Fine Art. This course gave me the opportunity to study and specialise with a mixed material course including metalwork and ceramics. From this experience college gave me, I learnt my man interest lay with metalwork and decided to take this further by attending university to study Metalwork and Jewellery at Sheffield Hallam University, where I gained a BA HONS Degree.
After finishing University I joined a local Dental practice, where I spent 3 years training to be a Dental Nurse. 18months of this was, attending the Charles Clifford Dental Hospital in Sheffield where I qualified in 2011.
Throughout my time at University and training to be a Dental Nurse I always dreamt of becoming a teacher and finally leaving the dental profession to follow my dream and embarked on my PGCE Secondary Design and Technology in September 2012, qualifying in the summer of 2013, where the adventure continues. During the time on my PGCE, one of the university projects was to create a doorbell for either a young child or teenager. This was to develop skills in electronics and resistant materials. I found the project incredibly useful for developing my skills and knowledge, coming from a specialist background; I had never had the opportunity to explore these areas before so everything I learnt was new, exciting and challenging.
Electronics for the doorbell was extremely useful and helped during my second placement considerably, where I have taught two projects involving electronics. The knowledge and understanding gained from the doorbell project helped my explanations and enabled me to teach to students about the components they are using during their projects.
Making the doorbell casing from acrylic developed my skills on the laser cutting machine. I was grateful of this experience as i was aware of its large involvement in many school projects, increasing my knowledge of CAD/ CAM certainly aided my teaching throughout both placements.
CorelDraw was another valuable resource that was included within the designing and making of the doorbell. I spent a lot of time familiarising myself with this method of CAD and the knowledge gained proved vital throughout my placements, with two KS3 projects focusing on CorelDraw.
Overall this project broadened my knowledge and experiences of the contrasting methods and techniques used within the design and technology curriculum. This wider knowledge helped me to identify the contrasts in different schools, many of these skills coud be utilised throughout my second placement however, during my time spent at my first placement, there were no facilities for electronics or a laser cutter. Another of my university projects was to analyse and develop a scheme of work from placement school 1. For this I chose a textiles based project where I felt there was a great need to improve and progress the basic workings and processes of the ‘T-Shirt project’ for Year 8's. The original project consisted of students decorating a t-shirt they had brought in from home, conveying the theme 'youth culture'.
I developed this product in several ways. Students would now produce a piece of work, still conveying the theme 'youth culture', however, rather than simply printing onto a t-shirt, the theme would be displayed on canvas. This allowed further creativity and textiles skill learning. Whilst designing the new scheme of work i included many different methods and techniques such as fabric crayons, paints and pens, hand embroidery and applique. Students were also encouraged to use several different recycled materials such as, newspaper, sweet-wrappers and pieces of fabric from old or unwanted clothing.
During this I learnt the importance of planning and creating a scheme of work, and how to work with limitation of funding, materials and facilities for the particular subject. It also allowed me the opportunity to look further into the social and political views within and surrounding certain subjects. This has given me a greater knowledge of how to plan and assess work for projects and inevitably helped the basis of my future development as a teacher. Teaching and Learning Project PowerPoint. SKE Project PowerPoint. DCR Placement school 2 gave me the opportunity to develop an intervention within either the school or my classes. During my time at both placement schools, I have been aware of the lack of female’s taking Resistant materials for GCSE. Having focused previously, at placement school 1, on Textiles and how males lacked interest, I felt an investigation into the gender divide within Design and Technology would be a natural progression, to research and develop further.
The opportunity to research around this subject really interested me and I enjoyed it throughout. I decided the intervention for placement school 2 would be to encourage more females to take Resistant Materials at GCSE by starting a Jewellery Club for pupils to join and take part in at lunch times. They would learn how to use resistant materials and to take part in a project where they find the theme more appealing than the current projects currently included at placement school 2.
This gave me more experience of developing a scheme of work and resources to support and encourage students to not only join but keep interested whilst at the club. Despite background reading on the issues surrounding the gender divide, I expected there to be more interest in the intervention from pupils than there actually was. As before with the GPS assignment, I became aware that unless implicated and encouraged by all members of the department if not the school, then enlarged changes don’t occur easily. The intervention is on-going and I continue to provide a jewellery club for girls once a week at lunch time, where my specialist knowledge is inevitably significant. It has given me valuable skills of applying projects that interest both male and females that are both relevant and suitable. Wooden Paddle Boat- Year 8.
A two week project.
Hand-made by marking, cutting, drilling, sanding and shaping. Students could personalise the decoration of each boat how they wished. Class testing to find who traveled the greatest distance. Year 7- Audio Amplifier.
Year 7 students completed the Audio Amplifier having learnt a range of new techniques and processes to produce such an item. Students worked with CAD/CAM (CorelDraw and Laser cutter), Electronics and Soldering, Drilling and using Jigs to construct the Amplifier.
This project works well as it introduces the students to the basic manufacturing skills and electronics. This knowledge then acts as a base for future projects. Students worked well and I was happy with the standard of work produced. Year 9- Pewter Cast Jewellery.
Year 9 were set a project of Pewter Cast Jewellery that has been inspired by a Design Movement. Students completed a work booklet I produced. Researching into design movements and basing their design around a particular one, such as Bauhaus, Art Deco and Pop Art. All Students are working well and are in the final stages of casting the pieces after using CAD software 2d Design and a CNC router to create the moulds for casting. (Project is not completed yet). At Placement School 2, the projects yet to be completed are: The Metalwork Insect- Year 8, Wooden Storage Box- Year 9, Flaminals – Year 8 and Wooden Laminated Jewellery – Year 7. Due to the time of year, students are in the final stages of completing their projects, so practical work is yet to be finished for photographs. Wooden Storage Box- Year 9.
Producing a small wooden storage box by learning finger joints, marking and measuring correctly, learning the correct tools/ equipment, different lid hinges and using wood veneer as decoration for the top of the box. Example Box is not yet finished. Metalwork Insect- Year 8.
Students were asked to design a insect made out of metal, using metals such as Mild Steel, Copper, Brass and Steel/ Brass/ Copper rod or wire. Students learn how to work with metal, shape, pot riveting, pattern, finishing, Brazing and bending. Looking closely at marking and measuring for features. Degree Work- Specialist Area. Acrylic Clock- Year 7.
Students were set the task of creating an Acrylic Clock for a particular room in their house. Students were asked to cut out the acrylic with coping saws, learn how to finish the edges of the acrylic to varying standards, learning different types of adhesive for particular gluing and constructing the clock mechanisms. Wood Anglepoise Lamp- Year 8.
Pupils were taught about mechanisms and how to work in wood using the correct and appropriate tools. Students designed the base of the lamp, shaped and finished accordingly. Students also learnt how to use the line bender for the acrylic lampshade and finish the edges of the acrylic. Students learnt how to wire a plug and connect their lamp, so they would work. Graphics- Chocolate Box- Year 7.
Students were taught how to use the CAD software 2D Design to produce New Chocolate Box product. Students looked into current market products and the information that is needed for the consumer. Students were using Mathematical Nets to produce their Graphic product. http://www.technologystudent.com/ http://www.indie.com.au/jewellery www.tes.co.uk/ Resource Development. During Placement School 1 the resources were very limited. Worksheets for students were not highly used throughout any of the Design and Technology Lessons. There was a lack of resources, materials and equipment at the school.
This meant the use of interactive whiteboards and overhead projectors in the workshops was limited to just one classroom.
In contrast to this, Placement School 2 is highly stocked on resources and materials, with all classrooms having overhead projectors. This meant I had to start producing PowerPoint presentation for every lesson I taught, when previously this was just for the one class at Placement School 1.
This has resulted in my development and understanding of creating PowerPoints and using visual instructions/ presentations has dramatically increased and advanced from when I first started the course, where I had never produced a PowerPoint presentation.
In the examples shown, one Powerpoint from Placement School 1 and the other from Placement School 2, there is a clear difference between the two, not only visually but also the amount of information presented to the pupils. www.google.com Types of Puppet Shadow Puppets Rod Puppets String Puppets They have complete bodies and jointed limbs. They are operated by a single puppeteer who stands about the puppet. These types of puppet are connected to a piece of wood above them with strings. String puppets are usually made from wood or paper maché. String Puppets Hand Puppets In Europe travelling puppeteers (puppet performers) were highly popular in the 18th and 19th centuries.
Puppets can be made very simply and the features are often exaggerated so that they can be seen from a distance.
Puppets were extremely popular in the past. In Britain they provided street and fairground entertainment.
The most famous puppet in Britain are Punch and Judy. The main character is Punch who is always very badly behaved and is very cunning. Other puppets often shown with Punch and Judy include a policeman, a judge and a devil. The history of puppets 1. Marine plywood that is moisture resistant.
2. Weather and boil proof plywood.
3. Boil resistant plywood.
4. Interior plywood. PLYWOOD - This is made from veneers (plies) of timber with each grain layer being at right angles to each other and bonded together by resin and pressure. A number of grades are available, designed to suit a variety of situations. Abstract Art Introduction to the laminating jewellery,
Demonstration of how to produce the item,
Write a specification for your piece of jewellery,
Design ideas (at least 4 designs),
Practical- making your design. Plan for today: We are learning to:
Shaping and finishing your piece accordingly.
Developing your skills by progressing onto other materials.
Remember and record the stages of production so far.
What I’m looking for:
The veneer trimmed back neatly and the wood finished to a high standard.
Completing the next stage by laminating including acrylic.
Record in detail the stages you have undertaken so far. Today: Watch the demonstration on how to produce your laminated piece,
Finish your specification for your piece of jewellery,
Complete at least 4 design ideas for the inner line,
And at least 4 designs for the outer shape,
= a total of 8 design ideas.
Start the manufacturing stages,
Progress onto laminating with acrylic,
Produce a production plan for the stages you have completed so far. What you will be doing: We are learning to:
Understand how to layer sheets of veneer to create a laminated design.
Work small scale neatly and precisely.
Progress the laminating technique to include acrylic.
What I’m looking for:
More veneer sheets laminated in-between the wood, the better.
You to take time and care whilst producing your piece.
You to further your knowledge with other stages/ processes. Today: Write as many points for your specification as you can. For example:
What will your finished piece will be? - e.g. pendant.
What is it influenced by?
How many layers of veneer do you want it to have?
How many cuts in the main piece would you like?
What will your outer shape be like?
How much will it cost to sell?
Does it have any safety requirements? Specification Lamination is the technique of manufacturing a material in multiple layers, so it improves strength, stability or appearance.
A laminate is usually permanently assembled by heat, pressure, welding, or adhesives. Veneer is a thin slices of wood, usually thinner than 3 mm, usually glued onto panels of cheaper wood, e.g. Plywood. definitions for todays words: Example Discuss in pairs and listen to what your partner achieved last lesson on the first stages of producing their jewellery.
You will then be asked to tell the whole class what your partner did, so make sure you listen! Starter: Stick your Post- it note on the target board and when you have achieve one of the targets move it closer to the centre. Write 3 Targets you would like to achieve during todays lesson. Target Setting: Year 7
Miss Brocklehurst Natural Jewellery Project. The production plan flowchart shows how you have manufactured your product at every stage, the equipment and tools you have used and quality control checks.
The quality control checks show clearly how you check the product for quality and damage at stages of manufacture. Production Plan Design Brief:
You have been asked to design and make a piece of jewellery using the laminated wood technique. Design situation:
You have been commissioned to design and make a piece of jewellery made from various materials using abstract art as your influence. You should all be trying to complete 3 stages during the lesson. Write your to do list for the next stages of manufacturing, you need to complete for this lesson. Targets: NEW PROJECT: Each week you will be set a new piece of jewellery to make with different materials and techniques.
This week you will be making a piece made from a selection of wood veneers, using a laminating technique. Today we are starting a new project on Jewellery! 1
Thing you have learnt this lesson for the first time. We will then give feedback as a whole group. 1
Thing you have heard this lesson for the first time. 1
Thing you have done this lesson for the first time. Discuss in Pairs: Instructions for production: With your final design, take your wooden block and draw on your design. (you can use a paper template if needed.
Using a coping saw cut your wooden block along your line.
Smooth your cut edges using sandpaper.
Cut lengths of veneer slightly bigger than the thickness of the wood, this will allow trimming after it has dried.
Using PVA, stick the lengths of veneer together, one on top of the other.
Sandwich the veneers in-between the two halves of cut wood. Start by hand, but place in a vice to keep it together, be careful the wood halves are still inline with each other.
Leave to dry.
Once dried, the excess will need trimming back.
Sand the piece flat to reveal the effect. Remember your designs are influenced by Abstract Art. When you have finished your designs you will then have to gain feedback on your designs from your peers. Now design a range of outer shapes for your piece.
Try to make the outer shape link with the inner designs. Laminate and glue this in the same way you glued your other veneer sheets. Acrylic Layers of different colour Veneers We will then cut this to shape and sand back to reveal lots of layers. Try laminating layers of Veneer and Acrylic together. Next Steps: 6. 5. 4. 3. 2. 1. Start work on your production plan. Laminate pieces of Veneer with Acrylic, so it will dry for next lesson. Drill a hole for any attachments or engrave a design. Finish the wood with sandpaper until smooth. Cut the outer shape of your piece, or add another laminated Veneer. Trim the Veneer carefully, using a chisel. Todays Lesson: Use the ‘HOW TO’ cards to help you with your design ideas. Draw your designs like this, making sure you annotate your designs. Consider:
Drilling holes to add to the design,
Adding into a half cut section,
Thinking about linking the outer shape. Design ideas PowerPoint from Placement School 1 PowerPoint from Placement School 2 Before starting my PGCE I acquired many skills from my personal education. These skills were largely focused and specialised in the Metalwork Area. Throughout my University course, I gained experience working with several different metals and developed a wide range of techniques. This experience has helped me considerably during my Placements, especially Placement School 2, due to the metal based projects, such as the Metalwork Insect and Pewter Casting.
Below are photographs of my work I produced for my Final Degree Show. This work was shown in London at the New Designers Exhibition. During the time on my PGCE, the issue of managing behaviour has always been a highly discussed area. For the general professional studies assignment I focused on the behaviour within my placement schools. Whilst analysing the House of Commons Educational Committees' statement that, 'a successful behaviour management strategy must be both consistent and relayed to all people involved', I used key literature and evidence from both of my placements. This assignment reinforced the importance of behaviour management and instilled me with the confidence to manage my own classroom. Since completing this assignment adapted my teaching style, placing even greater emphasis on consistency. I also ensured the consistency levels were applied throughout the whole school at all times. The contrasting methods and styles used in different schools will no doubt continue to assist me in my teaching career. Lesson Plan Development. The doorbells on the market at the moment for young girls are all very similar in style and colour. The main designs used are hearts, flowers, butterflies and crowns. All with a similar colour scheme of pink or purple.
To aim the doorbell at my chosen target market I must look at what interests this group of children. What music they are listening to? What are their favourite colours? What toys they play with? Which cartoons do they watch?
I would like my doorbell to be different from these current doorbells on the market. I think because there are so many that are very similar I would like to make something that is different.
It would be nice to make a doorbell that would apply to maybe both girls and boys at a young age. Once the layout is completed, the design is printed out onto acetate paper. This is then placed onto a UV light box where the design is transferred onto the board.
This board goes through various processes, liquids to etch to produce a fully functioning board.
Following this, the board is cut to size, before drilling the correct size holes for the different components. The metal legs of the components fit through the holes, to be soldered onto the board, ensuring a secure and flush connection has been achieved between the track and the component. The final circuit Layout, ready to be printed. This has been amended with the layout being reduced and the labelling of the board in the correct places, ready to solder the components in the correct places. Hand drawn sketches of my first initial ideas and inspirations for the project. First Designs To start I decided to research all types of Doorbells that were on the market. I focused mainly on novelty designs and designs for children, as this is my purposed audience.
The common factor with these designs is the use of colour, used to make the designs more appealing to a younger cliental.
I really like the used of multi-colours on some of the designs and I think this helps attract a larger base for interest.
I would like to combined more than a certain colour scheme into my doorbell design. For my intended target market I have chosen to produce a doorbell for a 5- 10 year old girl.
This young girl will be interested in popular little girls toys, such as Barbie, Dolls and Ponies.
The Music of interest for this age range, is current pop bands and pop music, such as One Direction and Little Mix and Taylor Swift.
Next step is to look at young girls doorbells that are on the market at the moment, and how these can be improved upon. This button has only got to cover the push switch so the size doesn’t have to be big. The height of the casing maybe an issue as the switch itself is rather large, so I feel this will need more layers than the main case. I have redesigned my doorbell, deciding to move the button to a separate section by itself and not housed within the main body of the product.
Because I have wanted to keep my design simple but effective throughout, the design of the button must be kept simple as well, but also small as the main body's size has been increased since my initial stages, therefore I don’t want the overall product to be too big and heavy.
I have decided to have the button as a simple star shape, so keeping the design of the purple star as this continues the rainbow theme. This was a change in layout for the cutting out of shapes, I made it more efficient with the rotation of the design meaning less material would be used in the production. The design is the size of A4 sheet, the placement of the design is hard to get it to fit and not waste too much material. Meaning the smaller stars will be placed in the areas around the main section to prevent this.
This double lined outline is to cut a layer that will be glued together to create a 3D product. The screen shot on the left was the drawing completed on 2D Design, to refine the drawings I need to transfer the design onto Corel Draw program. The screen shot below is the design on Corel Draw and shows clearly the purple star button, which will be pressed to set off the sequence. 2D Design and Corel Draw Problems I have encountered with the Flow Chart When playing the program through on the program, once the music al tune had finished the LEDs were all suppose to turn off at the end of the sequence. Unfortunate the blue, green and yellow LEDs didn’t turn off, but the red did. This meant I had to look at my flow chart and add a stop button into the sequence to turn everything off at the end, allowing the doorbell to be ready for the next press of the button. Luckily this happened with the play through, so I could work on this.
This new flow chart works really well with the changes, its just right for the program I need for the doorbell.
I am happy with the sequence I have programmed to work alongside the doorbell design. Sophia Brocklehurst 1 Year PGCE Secondary Design and Technology Electronics Project
Children's Doorbell This is the design in colour, this is the layout I wish to achieve for my doorbell project. The Purple star is to be the button to start the sequence. This is my initial design idea for the doorbell.
I really like it because it incorporates the
colours I had chosen during the first stages.
This design includes the amendments that
arose with the circuit planning. Initial Design Ideas Final layout of the circuit diagram. This works well and changes to the amount of LEDs being used, has affected the design of the doorbell but this is the most effective outcome. Final of the Flow Chart with the amended finishing point. With the added stop section so all the lights turn off at the end of the sequence. Final Layout of the Circuit Diagram, Flow Chart and PCB The next step was to label the circuit board, so that it is easy to identify where certain parts go, such as the resisters and their values. This enables the construction of the circuit board a lot easier. Below shows the circuit with the different components and the plain layout. Labelling the Circuit Board When playing the sequence program, the current problems with the blue LED being weak and not as bright as the others, has become an issue as I'm not certain it will be bright enough once made.
The only way to correct this is to lose one of the LEDs from the circuit and design. I decided this would be the amber LED as it is similar to the yellow. The sequence will go as:
Blue and Green light turn on together
Yellow and Amber turn on together
Red light turns on at the end and has the tune playing at the same time
Once the tune has finished, the Red light will flash for 4 flashes. Realising there couldn’t be 5 LEDs on the circuit flashing individually.
This circuit has been given the changes of 2 sets of 2 LED bulbs to be switched on one at a time. Also a transistor and loudspeaker have been added to the circuit.
Due to the design having 5 different coloured blubs, this changes the current that is passing through them. Hopefully both blubs will work on the one outputs, but two of the LEDs might not be as bright as the others. To start I cut the same colour layers as the main section, I made sure I had extra white stars as I had previously predicted the height of the button would be higher than the main body case had been. This worked out to be right and needed an extra 4 white layers. I played with the layout of each layer but this was my preferred design.
I encountered a problem with the push switch keeping in the right position, but I overcame this by holding it with a solid star with a hole cut to size for the button to stand up in, secured in place with a small bolt. This worked brilliantly and I was really happy with the end result. This is the finished button for the doorbell. The casing worked really well, the button being slightly raised was the desired outcome, as it makes it more obvious to press rather than it being flush with the outer case. Yellow, Green and Blue Layer. This Layer is the same for all 3 colours, this is because they are for decorative and layer building purposes. Red Layer. This is the next layer for the doorbell ready for the laser cutter. The pattern on the large star is to be etched, not cut. Top Layer- White Acrylic. This is ready for laser cutting and this is the layout for all the sections needed or the doorbell and the separate button. It also has the change in position of the audio holes. Final Layers of the Design These designs are what I thought would be my final designs, looking at my designs I have realised the placement of the speaker holes/ speaker star, is in a small part of the design and I think this would make this part of the doorbell weak.
I have also redesigned the button part on the doorbell, as the contents of the electronic components have to be housed within the main body of the case, I have decided to put the button onto a separate case that comes out the main casing as seen in the first stages of research. This allows more space within the main body of the doorbell and this is needed. The 3 Layers of Designs This layout is the desire layout I want for the doorbell, this has added the audio star holes to the design. I have slight reservations about where this star is placed. For the next stage I have decided to print the PCB board to make sure the placement of the design will work with the board size and design. This will then highlight any problems with this design, if it doesn’t then this will be used for my final design. Finished Audio Design This layout is smaller than the first one so it fits into the case of the doorbell. Reducing the size works better for the amount of resources used in the production of the board. Due to the curve shape of the doorbell design means the board has got to fit into the limited space and being smaller will be beneficial.
I checked this size would fit by printing it onto acetate. After the changes I made to the board, I realised this could be changed again and the bottom line could be reduced further again.
This is the end result and this works a lot better. I'm pleased I've realised this at this stage so I could make it as small as possible. Smaller PBC Board Due to my design having limited space, the shape of the PCB has to be restricted to shape of the casing. This is the layout of the circuit I first created, working alongside the circuit diagram everything I needed to include is in its right place, after checking it constantly.
To the left is with the components in place. Below are the tracks for the board, the layout works well and I tracked it and it works well. The next stage is to make it smaller. Circuit Layout I then moved the yellow onto a separate track so it will allow the current to be equally as strong.
This works a lot better and it is the most efficient for running all the LEDs. After amending my circuit and getting rid of the amber LED due to the lack of current flowing though the blue LED,. I had initially had this on the same output track as the green LED. To resolve this I have discarded the amber LED, and moved the green onto the yellow LED track . This works a lot better and all LEDs have full working current through them. This is with few changes made to layout of the chip and download socket. Labels have been added to the components such as the LEDs so its easy to identify the colours. This is the first initial circuit diagram layout for the electronics. I realised I have encountered a problem with the amount of the LEDs I want to use on the circuit. These pictures are showing the development stages, for the circuit design section of the circuit board production. Circuit Wizard Work Once all the different layers had been laser cut, I started the process of construction of the case. This started with the top layer/ main visual view of the case, first placing the different colour stars inline with the holes cut for the LEDs. All the Acrylic layers have been bonded with
Dichloromethane and a small paint brush.
Following this first stage the next process was to layer the multi-coloured layers in the correct order and inline, also considering the layout of wires passing through purpose cut sections. Button Layers- This is examples of all the different sections to make the doorbell button. The one with the hole in the middle is to keep the button working component in position. Clear Layer- This is for the backing, this is to encase all the wires and electrical parts. It also has a hanging hole to hang the doorbell with. Purple Layer- The same as the previous yellow, green and blue layer, but with a wire gap at the base for the button wire to pass through. LED Light Holes Speaker Holes Assessing my design I have realised I haven't included holes for the music speaker to come though. I decided to enhance the star design by creating the holes to travel all the way down the spray part of the doorbell. Although I thought of this, I have realised holes all the way down the design would actually have the wires visible and this wont be suitable for a child's product. This is a whole view of the top layer and the view of the doorbell, this the layout of the stars, button and the speaker holes I have added to the design. This is the layout and end result of my PCB. It worked well and I found the placement of the different parts worked well with the casing. I kept the colour wires associated with the matching coloured LED, so it was neat and easy to identify. I did encounter one problem during the downloading of the program, as it wouldn’t work properly. Realising this too late I had added a track to the negative line that stopped the program downloading. This was then rectified by cutting the track with a Stanley knife, stopping the current flow. This is the flow chart after I had made adjustments and added a sub heading section for the flashing of the Red LED after the tune has finished playing. I think this is the best coloured star for the flashing light as this is the biggest one and the lights light up to the final red star. This was my flow chart diagram at first, this was a straight forward and simple flow chart.
The sequence was just the lights flashed on and the tune played whilst the red LED turned on.
I feel this is slightly boring and there wold be more of a statement if one of the LED stars flashed at some point to indicate the end. Flow Chart Work This design above is really simple but I really like it. I would be worried with this main shape of the doorbell, for being too boring and not very inspirational. I really like this circular design, it works well with the configuration of stars, and reflects the shape of a rainbow. I also want the lights to light up separately and I think this works well with the flow of lights. I think out of the two designs I would prefer this one as I think its more visually pleasing to a young child. These are the two designs I had thought about making for the doorbell. Even thought they are quite simple I feel the simplicity of the design works well as it is aimed at younger children, and this way it doesn’t date as much as some of the more focused and themed doorbells that are on the market at the moment.
The use of rainbow colours, makes it fun and I decided to match the coloured stars with the same coloured LEDs. Design Ideas - Created on 2D Design This is important these changes were made to the drawings as the laser cutter would have had problems when cutting the designs out. This was another section of the original drawing that needed to be sorted out and be amended. This worked well with the changes and I was happy this was made apparent with the change over of CAD. After the alterations this is the changes made to the drawings. It looks a lot better and the production on the laser cutter will work better and more efficiently with these corrections completed. Once I had transferred the design onto Corel Draw, I encountered problems such as the lines shown above. It’s useful I changed programs so this was visible to see. Problems with 2D Design drawings This is a selection of the current market for doorbells for my refined target market, this is young girls aged 5-10 years old, that are available
to buy. Refined Market Research General Market Research for Doorbells These are also the layers cut extra for the button case, along side the coloured layers, as above. I had put into my design to encase the wires by sandwiching them in-between layers, I made sure the wires were kept low to the backing, so they would be out of the way more, this is why I cut the gap in the red one and it worked really well. These layers had slots for the electronic wires to pass through, sandwiching the wires in-between the next coloured layer. It worked really well in the star shape, and as I liked the trail of dots down the spray of the case, I have decided to etch these into the surface, to give the design a little more interest.
I am really happy with the results. I decided to design the holes for the audio into the main part of the design. To make sure the shape was perfect I used the star shapes as a template and shaped the holes around this. Closer view of the star shaped audio hole design, to keep in character with the rest of the doorbell design. Redesigning the Audio Section This project had taught me many new skills and given me understanding of the basics of electronics. I have learnt new skills with CAD programs such as 2D Design and Corel Draw, which I can use within other projects, areas and subjects.
Using new equipment has been key to this project, not only with the laser cutter, but the circuit wizard software and printing the layout onto the board was insightful and beneficial to my future understanding and production of electronics.
I have learnt many lessons during the project that could have been rectified at earlier stages. I would consider these in the future, not only if I was to produce this project again but also for other projects similar. Producing the separate button for starting the sequence worked well. It allowed space within the main case for the PCB, battery pack and the speaker to fit. I also feel it has added to the doorbell and makes it more interesting, I am very happy with the production and the outcome of the button.
To enclose the electronic parts at the back of the doorbell, sticking the clear backing on to case stopping access to the wire and working, does work well and if this was produced for children this would be a necessity. Re-evaluating my design, I think maybe added screws into the layers to secure the clear backing would have been better and would allow access into this, instead of it being closed completely. If I was producing this doorbell again I would incorporate this into the design, but unfortunately I couldn’t add this to mine as the layer width is too thin.
The battery pack for the doorbell isn't quite what I wanted it to be like, the wires are slightly too short and make it relatively difficult to move. Even with this issue the weight of the pack meant it kept falling out slightly, but as I still want to be able to change the batteries but for the pack to keep in place I decided to attach it with a small square of Velcro so this would hold it but also allows it to be pulled away when needed. It works really well and I am pleased with the results it has given.
The final design of the doorbell has worked efficiently. Aimed at a young girl, I think this would appeal to this audience. It is different to the current market doorbells and I think this would work in its favour, if I was to produce this again I would consider making it in the popular colours of pink and purple but this would be at a loss of the matching colour LED lights and for this product I think this is the desirable feature of this design.
Stars are very universal and used widely within designs, so I feel this is appropriate for the theme. Considering the design of the doorbell, I would maybe reflect on the sharp points of the star and make them more rounded next time, due to the age it is aimed towards. I am pleased with this finished doorbell design and if I was to produce the design again I would follow the same theme as I feel it is visually pleasing. When downloading the program I had design to the board was where I can across issues with my circuit board and the way I had printed it. Where I had placed the download socket I had placed tracks around this, meaning the board couldn’t be trimmed close to the edge. This meant the cable to download the program to wouldn’t fit properly and connect to it. This would defiantly affect the layout and the planning of a circuit board again as I hadn't noticed or realise a problem with it until this point, fortunately I was able to download onto a chip and place that onto my PCB meaning it works.
During this issue I also found I had added a track leading down to my negative line, meaning the circuit would stop and not play the program. This should have been picked up when I checked the layout, but I missed this. This problem was corrected by cutting the track with a Stanley Knife breaking this flow of current down to the negative line, allowing it to flow in the desired direction as planned.
If I was to do this project for a school, I think restricting the amount of LEDs and different colours would prevent these problems from occurring. Also checking the circuit would maybe benefit from more than one person checking it over, so if one person misses something another might see it.
The casing of the doorbell worked really effectively. I am really pleased with the end results I achieved with the acrylic layers.
Making a total of 5 different layers to cut for various design reasons made the production confusing and if I was making this again I would reconsider this. With the design incorporating the sections cut out for the wires to pass through on different layers made it more complicated, but I think it worked really well on the finished product.
Encasing the wires in-between the different layers was difficult at times on both the main case and the button case. Making sure all the layers were in line with one another took a lot of time and concentration.
Luckily with my laser cutting I feel the layers did fit together well and even though the layers create a ridge I think the rainbow design created with them adds to the design, would defiantly use this technique again.
If this was set as a school project the casing would have to be redesigned, as the cost of acrylic is expensive and the construction of the layers in line with one another is hard to achieve. During this Electronic Doorbell Project, I have encountered problems but throughout it has been an enjoyable learning experience. From the first stages of research into my target audience I have been excited about producing a working product and I feel I have achieved what I set out to.
At the first stages, working on Circuit Wizard I was presented with a major problem with the design I had originally thought of. This was producing a circuit that included 5 LEDs and to play music. This became apparent this wasn’t possible with a 8 pin chip, as the outputs would only allow 4.
From this I changed the design twice to work alongside these restrictions. First I thought placing two LEDs onto one of the outputs would resolve this, only to discover this would prevent the LEDs working to their full capacity as the amount of current flowing through two different coloured LEDs on the one track, reduced the light output of one of the LEDs, due to brighter one requiring a strong current.
Presented with this problem, I discarded the Amber LED from the design, leaving the blue and green on the same track. This had the same result as before, it became apparent the blue LED needed to be on its own track. Eventually I moved the green and yellow LED onto the same track and this meant all LEDs and the music could play effectively.
From then on the production of the circuit board went well; the layout went to plan and making the area smaller worked well, due to the lack of space with my design for the case. Printing the board was successful and only had to be done the one time. Trimming the board and drilling the holes on the next stages went without any problems, and soldering the different electrical components into the board, I found one of the most enjoyable parts of the project. Evaluation Finished button section Displaying the multi-coloured layers on both the main case and the button case. Back View of Doorbell Front view of Doorbell Finished Doorbell - Pictures During my first placement, the opportunity was offered to make the projects I would be teaching. Unfortunately I only made an example of one project at placement school 1. From this I learnt there was a need to make the projects you are teaching, how it is highly important and necessary to pass on experience and guidance you yourself learn whilst making the product, to students as they are making their own version.
As a result of this from placement school 1, I set myself targets to make sure I made all the projects before the students did, so, not only could I learn new skills but also have a greater knowledge of the work involved for the students. I have achieved my goal of producing all of the projects I am teaching and it has been a great help for me, not only in teaching students but also the planning and preparation for these lessons.
From my time at both placement schools, I feel it is imperative to make the projects you are teaching.
This advice is something I will continue to take with me into teaching and continue to practice, for example the Wooden Storage Box is a new project I am teaching and therefore currently making the product myself, before the students start making it. Starting teaching, lesson planning was difficult and confusing, knowing if I had included the right information and how or what instructions were needed for the lesson. My first lesson plans were a template I had been given at the start of the year. Personally I didn’t feel this was a productive layout and along with my mentor from my first placement agreed there was a repetition of information that wasn’t needed or seemed irrelevant to my lesson. The information I included within the earlier lesson plans did not sufficiently cover all aspects of the lesson, this resulted in a lack of reference during lesson time.
During my progression through teaching I have developed a far more effective lesson plan for my use. The layout of my current lesson plan is far more effective and easier to follow. It has the relevant information needed for the lesson and is a far better format where it is easy to identify. Throughout the final few weeks of my teacher training I have developed my plans further by including links to the National Curriculum Program of Study. First Lesson Plan Layout Example New/ Current Lesson Plan Layout Example Students Booklet for the Jewellery Club Its up to you!
To create a charm bracelet with a range of different materials for each of the charms you make.
You will learn different techniques and how to use different materials to make effective and attractive charms for your jewellery.
Broadening your knowledge and skills with resistant materials. What will we be doing? Jewellery Club!
Year 8 Girls only! Cuttlefish Casting Start on your design work.
Working in the booklets,
Consider what type of bracelet or piece of jewellery you would like to make.
Is your jewellery going to have a theme?
You can take these booklets home to work on, ready for next week.
Make sure you don’t lose them!
Each club lesson, we will review the designs, make the pieces or learn new techniques. To Start Cuttlefish Casting Pewter cast with Cuttle Fish Charm.
Any other material you would like to try! Materials we will be using: Acrylic is a type of thermoplastic- which means it can be reshaped when heated, but can be brittle. To create your acrylic jewellery designs on the Laser Cutter you will need to draw your designs onto Corel Draw.
All your lines must be on Hairline setting.
Red line means cut
Blue line will engrave. 2D Design At school we have:
Copper and Brass Sheet Metal. Simple shapes and outlines, that can be created from sheet metal. This subject is a creative and multi- skilled option that can also open up opportunities, including packaging design, carpentry, jewellery making, architecture and manufacturing. Resistant Materials is a very useful course for anyone wishing to pursue a career in
product design, Engineering, industrial Design or any other creative field. Careers from Resistant Materials Wood Look up one other job or Career for next club. How many careers and jobs can your think of that start with Resistant Materials? Jobs include:
Watch making and repair,
theatre set design. £60.54 Acrylic £5 pair Jewellery Club Poster Jewellery Club PowerPoint During my PGCE year of training, we were given the task of completing a Subject Knowledge Audit at key stages throughout the year. This was to ensure our subject knowledge was focused and directed in the areas we felt needed more guidance or experience. Approaching from a specialised area before entering onto my PGCE, my subject knowledge was lacking in most areas, resulting in a broad injection of knowledge throughout. The audit above shows the growth of my learning over this PGCE year. Although there has been development over all areas, I would like to develop my knowledge further into Food Technology as I have only had a brief chance to team teach at placement school 1. I would also like to continue to develop in Textiles and Electronics so I have a sound knowledge and background in these two areas. I wish to set the target for this development to be carried out through my CPD as an NQT. One the most interesting aspects of teaching design and technology is its diversity. This was an area that I was most apprehensive about before starting my PGCE. However, I now look forward to and appreciate teaching a contrast of projects, methods and techniques. The aspect that I undoubtedly find most rewarding is witnessing and being a part of the student’s success. Working alongside pupils of all abilities offers many intrinsic rewards. High achievers pushing themselves to create spectacular final designs is as equally rewarding as seeing pupils overcome obstacles they never thought possible. I have enjoyed and am relishing the prospect of helping students get the most out of each lesson and feel that as my experience grows, my ability to motivate and inspire within the classroom will also develop. As you approach the award of QTS, what do you consider to be your main strengths and achievements as a teacher? An area that I would consider to be one of my main strengths and biggest achievements would be the way in which I interact with the students. Throughout my time spent in both placement schools I have promoted good practice within the classroom. Students have shown a good level of understanding and have produced high quality products that they are proud of, in the majority of projects that I have taught and been involved with (see examples of students completed work within this Eportfolio). I believe that through my teaching style I have been able to get the most out of each student and have provided them with not only the knowledge and understanding of how to design and make each project, but also the encouragement, inspiration and belief in their own ability. Linked closely with this aspect of teaching is behaviour management. I consider the behaviour of students during time spent in my lessons to be controlled and of a high standard. My confidence has grown dramatically around this area along with my experience at both placement schools. I gained a further knowledge and deeper understanding around the area of behaviour management whilst completing my GPS assignment. I am also aware that I have been lucky in that the two placements I have gained my experience have both set high behaviour standards and have clear policies in place to ensure good behaviour is enforced consistently. As a trainee teacher I feel I have been constantly learning and after experiencing so much and seeing the wide range of experiences and the diversity in day-to-day teaching I believe I will always be learning something new and developing my teaching standards. My specialised subject coming into this PGCE course was metalwork and jewellery. Knowing the diversity of the design and technology curriculum I was apprehensive about teaching some of the areas. Throughout my time at both placements I have been able to develop my understanding around the majority of areas covered within the design and technology programme of study, however, one area in particular that I do not feel as confident in is food technology. In both placements I had limited opportunity to experience teaching this area and I am keen to develop this within my induction period. Textiles is an area that I feel comfortable in and enjoy, however, this too is an area I wish to gain more teaching experience as I see this as being a key area for myself within the schools I teach.
After spending time in both placements I feel my specialised area of metalwork and jewellery has created opportunities to offer something new to students. Particularly at placement school 2, I have been able to provide a new insight into design and technology to a wider range of students I wish to build on this strength in the future and try to make resistant materials appeal to a wider range of students. Do you have any thoughts about how you would like to see your career develop? My main interests lie within resistant materials and textiles, I would therefore like to set my focus on these two subjects within design and technology for my future career. I would also like to improve my knowledge and understanding of electronics and food technology to develop as an all-round technology teacher. Throughout time spent at both placements I gained first-hand experience of being a form tutor. This is one aspect of teaching that I look forward to and will relish the opportunity when presented. I see form-time as a perfect opportunity to interact with the students and to break down barriers. I also believe that the connection and continuity of having the same form teacher throughout a pupil’s school experience is important and can play a major role in their progression and development through their education. After researching and discovering the lack of girls opting for resistant materials in their GCSE choices, one of my main ambitions would be to close the ‘gender divide’ within design and technology subjects. Particularly from my time spent at placement 2 I discovered that broadening student’s perceptions of resistant materials may help to encourage more students to choose the subject.
My overall long-term professional aspirations are to work alongside like-minded teachers, within a school with high ambitions and exciting ideologies and
ultimately to successfully inspire, motivate and promote effective
learning to students of all abilities.