Issue date: 02 May 2001

Friday 4 May 2001 - Bristol to Bath and back again

A group of third year secondary education students from the University of the West of England are to help Kingsweston School in Bristol to develop resources for Design and Technology (D&T) education.

The group have identified that Kingsweston, which is a Special Needs School, need appropriate resources to teach design and technology at Secondary level.

The cost of the unit that the team are planning to make will hopefully be funded by themselves. A sponsored bicycle ride on the Bristol Bath cycle path will take place on Friday 4 May to raise funds for a mobile unit which will incorporate teaching aids and resources for the teaching of design and technology in textiles, structures, resistant materials and systems and controls.

The student team is combining the needs of the school with their own by working on this project, which will count towards their award of qualified teacher status. The project demands that students work in the community and respond to a need or a problem in a school with a positive solution.

One of the team of six, Mandy Antoniou explains, "After visiting the school and spending a wonderful afternoon with the children we felt that we could provide a solution for all concerned that would be challenging and a very exciting project to work on. Having consulted with the teachers at the school it became evident that a resource which provided materials and ideas for the teaching of design and technology would help".

The students have selected a range of projects, which cover the core curriculum areas. These include designing and making a puppet theatre using textiles, building bridges and using linkages and leverages to make automated toys.

Richard Yandell a teacher from Kingsweston said "We appreciate the support the students are giving to the school. They have identified an area of the curriculum where resources for Keystage 3 pupils with special needs are limited. The unit will be very beneficial to the school and we look forward to seeing the finished product."

The students hope to raise the money to cover the cost of building the mobile unit. Please contact Mandy Antoniou on 01934 - 877771 if you would like to sponsor the group or offer a donation.


Editors Note:
Visual available from Mandy Antoniou Tel 01934 877771

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