Our early finish to the academic year, for students, requires us to provide work for them to support their academic progress.

Students have been set an independent project that draws links with key curriculum areas including Maths, English, Science, Humanities, Art and Design and Thematic Learning. Additionally, the focus of the project enables students to further develop their abilities as independent enquirers and creative thinkers.

The project requires students to design an invention. Students have 6 categories to choose from to help them think about ideas for their invention, including a free choice option which allows them to come up with a new invention in an area of their own personal interest.

To complete the project, students will need to complete a series of activities which include:

  •  Introducing the context of the project
  •  Researching their idea.
  •  Using surveys to find out about their target market.
  • Presenting and analysing their findings using various methods of data presentation.
  • Creating a final design brief.
  • Presenting their idea through an extended piece of persuasive writing.
  • Evaluating the success of their work.

Each student has been given a work booklet with clear instructions on how to complete each of these sections, including useful websites that might help in the planning of their ideas. Further to this, students have been given a detailed explanation about booklet and the expectations of the final piece of work. Help sessions have been made available to those students who require it.

A copy of the work booklet can be accessed from here

The final pieces of work will be marked in September. Prizes will be awarded for the best piece of work in each form. These winning projects will be presented in a Dragon’s Den style competition in September and an overall winner and runner up will be chosen. Excellent work will also be rewarded with postcards home and house points.

The final deadline for submission is Monday 7th September for Year 9 and Tuesday 8th September for year 8.

We look forward to some stunning work.

Lindsay Gillham
Senior teacher