TEACHER’S REPORT: Kimberworth Community Primary School are beginning to develop the children’s understanding of technology through the use of a 3D printer. The children are really amazed at the fact they can design pretty much anything they want and can print it out to develop a 3D model.
I’ve even found that some of the most ‘reluctant’ learners are wanting to give up their break times to observe what the printer is making!
So far we’ve used the printer in school as part of enterprise work, making and selling Christmas decorations which the children also decorated using glitter.
We’ve also brought it into the curriculum and linked it into Ancient Egyptian Work this half term where children have used the TinkerCad Software to design and make 3D cartouches using hieroglyphics. Many of these are now on our classroom display, along with some other artwork.
The scheme has been really inspirational and is driving learning forward as technology advances. The local authority are also keen to come and see what we are doing in school and are hoping to get other schools in the area to join this scheme.
Over the next 2 years, we plan to embed the use of the 3D printer across the curriculum and ensure that children are regularly provided with opportunities to use science, technology, engineering, and maths in their work.
I would definitely recommend this scheme to other school. It is not only exciting and engaging for the pupils but I have found staff and parents have been really inspired and have been asking questions and showing a genuine interest in the items which have been made and wanting to know how they have been produced.