Robin Class at Stoke Primary Academy (mixed year 3 and 4)


Sincere thanks to Phil Edwards of Weald Technology for delivering two workshops on inventing- one at Stoke Primary Academy and one at Allhallows Primary Academy.

In the run up to the forthcoming inter-Trust competition #LeighInnovate19, pupils very much enjoyed thought provoking challenges:

Challenge 1- Imagination

How many different uses can you find for a belt?

Challenge 2- Imagination

How many different ways could we hold up our trousers?

Pupils wrote about and drew their many ideas


Examples from Nature

Phil went on to illustrate how utilising designs from nature can be really effective- this is known as biomimicry.

Examples were:

The peregrine falcon/blackbird aircraft

Kingfisher beak/super fast trains

Humpback whale/wind turbine

Beetle/water capture

Termite mound/super efficient energy saving  hotel

Challenge 3- Imagination


Think of all the different materials that we could use to make a chair?

Challenge 4- Creativity

Select one or more materials and get creative designing a chair?

Students were asked to consider “What’s really important for YOUR design?”

  • Recyclable?
  • Age of user?
  • Size?
  • Weight?
  • Comfort?
  • Cost?
  • Style?

Pupils enthusiastically set out their tasks and very much enjoyed the workshops.


Thank you to Phil for inspiring our pupils