Free micro:bit resources, tennis balls, wool fibre & car design


There have been lots of bookings this week for The Textiles Teacher Roadshow taking place on 8th October. A quarter of the places are now gone, so book soon to avoid disappointment, as this is always a popular event. The day will include information on the new GCSE, and although it is a textiles event, the content will be suitable for non specialists who are interested in finding out more about textiles. At just £42 it is priced as a low cost event with the aim of supporting teachers who pay for their own CPD, or whose schools have limited budgets. Anyone who attends the day receives lots of freebies including a set of 11 A2 sized posters on design and manufacturing in industry. Click here to find out more about the event. 

Free Resources 


Quick activities with a free photo & thinking point. 

Polyester 6404

#ThinkDo #Materials This shower curtain, beaker, hat & water bottle are all made out of polyester. What other products can you find made out of polyester?

Click on the image to see a larger version. Free download image to use in your classroom. 

Find out more about #ThinkDo activities & see ones posted on Instagram & Facebook

Did you see my Facebook page this week?

This week’s Facebook updates have included: 


Click on the links below to see more:

Calendar    Things coming up soon include:

29th June - 2nd July - New Designers Part 1, London (textiles, costume, jewellery)

1st & 2nd July - Technical Textiles: Smart & Modern Materials course, York (with Enthuse Bursary to cover the cost of fees & accommodation)

3rd July - Online support for food science investigation  (Food Teachers Centre

4th July - EBacc debated in parliament

6th - 9th July - New Designers Part 2, London (Furniture, Product Design, Graphic Design)

13th July - Technicians course on servicing sewing machines, Nottingham (with Enthuse Bursary to cover the cost of fees)

13th July - GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification course, Nottingham

In The News

Anyone for Tennis?


With Wimbledon under way this short video is a great way to teach about wool fibre without focusing on the traditional use of wool for garments. The video includes sheep shearing, scouring, baling, blending with nylon, carding, combing, spinning, winding, weaving, felting, napping, dyeing, testing, die cutting, and attaching the fabric to the ball. With the new GCSE having an increased focus on sources of materials and their processing, the video is a non gender biased approach to learning about wool fibre. 

Resources To Support Lesson Planning

Free Micro:bit Resources

Last week I mentioned 8 free visual help sheet resources for the Igloo produced by my husband, Paul Boyd, and this week he has released 4 help sheets for anyone looking to get started with the BBC micro:bit. They focus on some of the coding students will need to understand, such as IF statements and variables, as well as how to connect components that are externally connected to the micro:bit.
Download them from here or from Paul Boyd’s website.   

Lesson Resources

Short videos are a staple learning tool in the classroom but it can be time consuming to find ones that are suitable. When I come across good ones I usually mention them on my Facebook page and blog, and I also have my own You Tube channel with a playlist of useful videos, as well as some I have created myself. I have recently started a new section on my website focused on lesson planning to pull some of these video resources together, along with brief notes on how the video might be useful. There are also a range of other lesson resources as well as videos in this section of the website. This section will be developed over time and might be particularly useful if you are looking for flipped learning activities. Visit the lesson planning section of the website. 

Car Design

Take a look at these quick links on car design:

A video looking at the world of design at Nissan cars. It includes sketching, CAD,  the production of full scale models, iterative design, future trends & their influence on design.

5 ways design is changing the way we drive 

An interesting slideshare presentation looking at trends that will shape mobility, from cars through to personal mobility vehicles, scooters, bikes, and public transport. This includes the BMW Gina which has a lycra exterior body that allows the body to change shape. 

Featured School

Bronwyn Flemming from Kesteven and Sleaford High School in Lincolnshire attended the course we ran at the end of May at The National STEM Learning Centre on preparing for the new single GCSE qualification. She has written a blog about the activities she did on the 2 day course and the impact it has had back in her classroom. 

Bronwyn flemming

Read Bronwyn’s Guest Blog

Find out about the course Bronwyn attended which runs again on 9th & 10th December

Find out about a one day course on the new GCSE specifically focussing on the place of textiles

Find out how you can be featured on the Guest Blog

Competitions  Click here for information on other D&T competitions 

4 WEEKS to the Deadline for my 'Product In A Tin’ Textiles Competition

There’s still time to get your students started on entries for my textiles competition.  Why not use the competition as the focus for a whole module of work, as a revision activity or simply set it as a homework. Students can also submit entries independently (although the school still wins the main prize).  Closing date 1st August 2016. Click here to find out more.

Course Updates

Click on the links to find out more or click here to see the full calendar

Technical Textiles: Using Smart & Modern Materials in Your Classroom - 1st & 2nd July 2016 (2 day course), STEM Centre, York
(note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). 
State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award. Click here to see photos from the course

Textiles Technician Course: A Basic Introduction to Servicing and Maintaining Sewing Machines - ALMOST FULL 13th July, Coles Sewing Centre, Nottingham (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website but it is held in Nottingham). State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award.

GCSE D&T 2017: Textiles in the New Qualification
13th July, Nottingham 2 WKS LEFT TO BOOK

The Textiles Teacher Roadshow, 8th Oct, Nottingham 
New content for the new academic year with a focus on the place of textiles in the new GCSE JUST £42 & INCLUDES FREEBIES!
Quarter of the tickets have already sold so book soon to avoid disappointment.

Promoting Creativity, Imagination & Independence: Outstanding T&L in D&T (including info on the new GCSE) (this course is delivered by Paul & Julie Boyd on behalf of Keynote Educational)
9th November, London

Preparing to Teach the New D&T GCSE 9th & 10th December (2 day course), STEM Centre, York (note this course is organised by the STEM Centre & the link takes you to their website). State funded schools & academies can apply for an Enthuse Bursary which pays the course fee (as well as any accommodation required). Click here to find out more about the Enthuse Award.

Why not build attending a course into your Performance Review? 
Dates or venue not suitable or type of course you want not available? Additional courses can be added to the course calendar at your request at no additional cost to you. Email for more details. 

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