31st March 2019

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Have You Got Your D&T Roadshow Tickets Yet?

The first of our summer term D&T Roadshows takes place not long after Easter so if you're in the Ipswich area book your tickets soon. This year for the first time we have several midweek Roadshows, as well as our usual Saturday dates, and Ipswich is one of these (Wednesday 8th May). 

The D&T Roadshow

Download This Week’s TechDoodles

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These resources can be used by anyone but delegates attending our courses will find them useful to compliment other resources given away on the day, especially  delegates attending our “Exam Success: How to Make Learning Stick in D&T’ courses (Liverpool 13th June, Nottingham 18th June & central London 2nd July). 

Download This Week’s #ThinkDo Cards

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Get 50 #ThinkDo cards along with other freebies on our D&T Roadshows (Ipswich 8th May, Dorset 6th June, Liverpool 15th June & Bournemouth 13th July).

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  • This is an activity with a difference - the University of Dundee have a forensic science project called Shoeprints where they are creating a database of shoe prints to held identify marks found at crime scenes, including using the database to help identify specific activities being done at the time the footprint was made e.g. running, jumping. It’s an easy activity to do and there’s a link in the information below to full instructions and a video showing what to do and where to send the data. This would also be a great opportunity to think about footwear design generally, including the patterns on soles.
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  • Take a look at the photos from our recent visit to JH Clissold & Son Ltd in Bradford who design woven fabric, including the Yorkshire stripe we’ve mentioned before. The Yorkshire stripe fabric is woven in house on a bespoke basis on jacquard looms, although this is the only one they manufacture on site as design is their main focus is on design and their other manufacturing is outsourced elsewhere in the UK. Although the Yorkshire Stripe is the fabric that's caught people’s attention the company actually weave any word or phrase into the stripe and when we visited they were weaving a custom fabric for a Russian customer. Clissold’s core business is designing luxury fabrics, mostly in wool, and mostly for high end designer brands across the world who place a high value on British design and manufacturing. Unfortunately Clissolds will only take student visits from universities (who they also provide with materials at a reduced price) but it’s a useful reminder that whilst the UK textiles industry is significantly smaller than in the past ‘made in Britain’ is still valued across the world.

Starting to Think About Planning for the Summer Term?

Why not use our Product in a Tin competition as a module of work, NEA mock context, or homework? The competition is open to year’s 5 through to year 11 and the prizes are fab! Every school that enters gets a free resource and if students don’t want to part with their work photo entries are accepted (although these can’t win prizes and can only be considered for inclusion on the website). 

Take a look a the Let’s Learn section of the website for lots of resources to support your planning. These are being developed and added to all the time. 

Looking for CPD for after Easter? Click here to see what’s coming up. New courses, dates & venues added all the time. Sign up to our newsletter for updates. 

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