This week across Technology, students have been learning about the importance of health and safety in a technology environment. Students have looked into the different types of PPE used in the workshops. They have also learnt how to work safely and hygienically when handling food, by exploring a ‘grime’ scene set up in the food room.
Curriculum Co-ordinator of Technology
Year 7 Textiles
Throughout year 7, students have been designing and creating a range of children’s soft toys, based on a well-known ‘childhood adventure’ character. Students were asked to incorporate a smart material into their design, whilst providing some educational element to the product. Over the year, students have produced a range of imaginative ideas, which meet the needs of their chosen client.
Year 8 Textiles
Students have been busy creating their ‘festival’ themed bags. Students have developed a repeated pattern using CAD and then printed the pattern using Dye Sublimation. Throughout the unit, students developed a range of skills, including how to use the sewing machine, how to use CAD in Textiles and how to adapt a pattern based on the needs of the client. Students have produced a range of multi-use bags suitable for someone attending a festival.
Year 9 Textiles
Students in year 9 Textiles, have created a range of ‘upcycled ’decorative cushions, inspired by a well-known artist or designer. Students have explored how the Textile industry effects the environment and how we can promote a more sustainable and environmentally friendly way of making and purchasing our clothes. Students re-used old clothes to create a range of original and unique cushions, which meet the needs of the client.
Textiles / STEM
Year 9 BTEC Media Group visit to Media City/Salford University
On the 27th June, the new year 9 option group had a fantastic day out visiting Salford University at Media City. They worked in two groups to research, produce and present either a radio or TV news programme.
The girls worked really hard to write and research before rehearsing and presenting in the TV and radio studios. They were given the chance to use industry standard equipment throughout the day in order to make their final news bulletins. They were then given a short tour of the area. This included seeing where a variety of TV and radio programmes such as ‘Match of the Day’ and ‘Granada News’ are produced. It was wonderful to see so many of the students enthusiastic about career possibilities in the media sector and many asked some great questions to gain a better insight into university courses that they could apply for.
Mrs L. Gornall
Design and Technology
The group have just completed their final mini project, a child’s night light. There have been some wonderful examples made and the students have embraced the use of CAD/CAM equipment including the laser cutter and vinyl cutter, as well as using vacuum forming and soldering all the electronic components. This mini project has built up both their skills in the workshop and also their knowledge of materials, manufacturing process, health and safety and quality control.
Design and Technology
Students celebrated HM Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee and took part in the ‘Bake a Cake for the Queen’ Competition. Cakes were judged and sold at lunchtime. Just over £57 was raised and all proceeds will go to the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal (recently supported by HM Queen Elizabeth II). A prize will be given to all entrants, along with a certificate to be presented for their charitable efforts in the final assembly this year. Well done, girls!
Teacher of Food Preparation and Nutrition
Well done to Hannah in year 9 for her lovely eco jewellery design which made our star designer wall. Also, a mention to Saga and Gracie who both made fantastic final products! The students cast pewter into laser cut moulds and inlaid recycled HDPE plastic (made from bottle tops) to produce their eco jewellery.
Teacher of Technology
The group have been working hard to complete their desk tidy/ jewellery organiser project. They were encouraged to use CAD/CAM including laser cutting, as well as traditional methods to create their final outcomes. Some students have even experimented with pivot joints and living hinges. They have also just started a new project making a children’s night light. This has involved soldering electronics and vacuum forming a base and the students have shown great resilience by overcoming any issues while soldering in order to make a successful circuit. Well done!
Technology / STEM
PGHS STEM FESTIVAL 28th February – 11th March 2022
Read all about our events and school visits that took place during our STEM festival in our STEM festival newsletter:
During the STEM Festival, we are looking at the amazing world of agri-tech in Food Preparation and Nutrition.
We have looked at where farming is already using robots, satellites and all sorts of other technologies.
The students are now tasked to design a machine of the future to help farmers tackle some of their biggest challenges.
The best designs will be sent to the Small Robot Company who have asked students for their valuable ideas.
Mrs Scott, Food Preparation and Nutrition
Year 7 Engineering fairy-tales CPD
10 Year 7 students were joined by students from All Hallows’ Catholic High School, Ashton Community Science College and Shuttleworth college, as part of our ENTHUSE school partnership, to take part in a STEM event with STEMfirst. Students learned all about Engineering and how to deliver exciting engineering tasks to primary age children, through the use of Fairy tales. It was a great day, students were fully involved and came up with some fantastic ideas. They cannot wait to represent PGHS and visit our local primary schools in the summer term to deliver some exciting STEM activities.
Mrs Freer, Design Technology