Year 6 Headmaster’s Project 2020
The curriculum at Elstree is vibrant and academically ambitious. At the heart of our Academic Values, which are shown in the Elstree Learner Profile, is Craftsmanship. When reviewing the curriculum in 2018 we realised there was little space for individual pursuit of creativity and interest past subject lessons. Hence a 30 minute slot was made available every week on a Saturday morning for pupils to work on their ‘Headmaster’s Project’ in Year 6. We believe that pupils should understand how to investigate curiously, plan methodically, create and evaluate ideas. The winning four projects below are a small snap shot of the 40 projects attempted by the pupils.
Joint 1st Place – William A – Designed and built a ‘Proa’.
This is an old Polynesian fishing boat. William did a wonderful write up of the whole process from design, prototype model to floating the real thing!
Joint 1st Place – William U – Sending my School Tie into Space.
William’s project took a lot of planning with getting a launch notification from the CAA and of course constructing the balloon. His tie made it all the way to Weymouth!
2nd Place – Tommy – Magnetic Table Football Game.
Tommy made a Powerpoint and video showing how he made this brilliant game.
3rd Place – Alex – He designed and made a Scooter
Alex’s project was a good example of project development because he initially wanted to make a bike but adapted his project to what he thought he could achieve in the time frame. Alex also sent in a lovely video of the finished product along with his write up showing his planning for the project.
Distinctions were awarded to the following boys for their fantastic projects:
It is wonderful to see the creativity and craftsmanship skills that made these projects possible. This trial year has certainly been a success and all praise must go to the pupils of Year 6. If a pupil has started and not completed their work meeting the deadline, please do encourage them to bring in their projects next term. Thank you again Year 6 for your brilliant ideas.