Category Archives: Design & Technology

Fairytale Science – A carriage fit for a pumpkin

Not quite good enough for a Princess but strong and sturdy enough to carry a pumpkin from one end of our table to the other! That was the engineering challenge set for Year 5 today when learning about materials and their properties.  Name the material and describe the properties of that material that makes it fit for purpose.



Learning about synergy carts and how they work was fascinating and explained with great knowledge and enthusiasm.


Meccano Models

The last year 6 Science lesson of the year was a circus of all our favourite activities including the much sought after meccano kits to brush up our engineering skills.  Completing our farming magazine activities, making working circuits and sketching our plants outside the classroom were also very popular! 

Look at Laurel’s Lanterns and more…

Laurel Class joined the design a decoration challenge today and worked well to create some very interesting designs for their classroom.

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Christmas Decorations – Searching for The Year 6 Apprentice

Year 6 had great fun working together against the clock to produce the most creative Christmas decorations to decorate the class.  In true Apprentice style the teams had to present their ideas and products to the class at the end.  The winning team was selected by a class vote.

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Engineering In Action

Year 6 – Inspired By Amazing Structures

FalkirkWheelkelpies_2748316bThe Falkirk Wheel – The world’s first and only rotating boat lift was designed and built to link the Forth and Clyde Canal, which lay 35m (115ft) below to the level of the Union Canal. Historically, the two canals had been joined at Falkirk by a flight of 11 locks. The various parts of The Falkirk Wheel were actually constructed and assembled, like one giant Meccano set in Derbyshire. A team there carefully assembled the 1,200 tonnes of steel, painstakingly fitting the pieces together to an accuracy of just 10 mm to ensure a perfect final fit. Visitors can enjoy the beautiful views of the woodlands (also featuring remains of Antonine’s wall) and the Ochil hills whilst going a short boat ride after experiencing the amazing boat lift and innovative feat of engineering first hand!

The Kelpies – The “Kelpies” (supernatural water horses in Celtic mythology) were created by the sculptor Andy Scott, who used traditional engineering methods to sculpt the 300-tonne horse heads. They are the world’s largest equine sculptures, standing 100ft above the Forth and Clyde canal, have taken the artist 8 years to create. They can be seen from the M9 motorway and are among the largest pieces of public art in the UK, standing almost a third taller than the Angel of the North sculpture at Gateshead.

For more information including timelapse videos of the construction visit The Kelpies website.

Inspired by these two amazing feats of engineering located in Falkirk, Central Region in Scotland, Year 6 embraced the challenge of designing and making models from Meccano and Lego. Here is what they came up with…


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Brambleside is a registered as a Young Engineer’s school and is always willing to welcome volunteers, particularly STEM ambassadors who would like to offer advice and ideas for interesting activities and club events. Please contact school and leave a message for the Science Coordinator  if you are keen to become involved.