Community Primary School

Treleigh, Redruth, Cornwall TR16 4AY

01209 216600

Design & Technology




Gardening Club
Gardening club was a hive of activity this week for soil week. We have weeded, turned coffee granules (kindly donated by Starbucks) into the soil and put the garden to bed for winter. We are still going to be busy each week preparing for the spring and joining the RHS School Gardening Scheme where we are aiming for a level 5 award.

Jo Lumber from Falmouth Art Gallery

Wheal Lovely and Wheal Friendly were visited by Jo Lumber from Falmouth Art Gallery today who leads the storytelling programme 'Tell Us A Story'. Jo worked with each class on our story of the week 'The Three Little Pigs', where they worked in collaboration to re-tell the story and worked together to represent the main parts of the story through art with a focus on language and vocabulary.
In class we followed our predictions from earlier in the week to test which of the three little pigs houses would be the strongest. The children worked in groups to build a house of straw, a house of sticks and a house of bricks and tested which one the big bad wolf could huff and puff down.

Designing & Making Eco Houses using CAD (Computer Aided Design)

Year 5 Plenty had an amazing time being designers and makers at Redruth School. The children used CAD (Computer Aided Design)to design eco houses and today they used laser cutting technology to complete their project! Architects and creative designers of the future?

The Housing Crisis

Darcie from Wheal Fortune felt passionate about the housing crisis and decided to write to the council for our persuasive letter writing. Excitingly, her and a few friends were invited to Cormac to find out what plans are in place. They had meetings, met councillors and toured planned venues to alleviate the problem. A great morning and one which shows the power of the persuasive letter!

Bug Hotels - Taking them home

Today Wheal Busy took home their completed bug hotels. From design to completion in 4 weeks and 4 days! Awesome work everyone.

Treleigh School Kit Car Club

Caterlink Eatwell Plate Design Competition

Congratulations to Maggie and Jack for winning the Caterlink Eatwell plate design competition. Their ideas have now been added to the menu to arrive on pupils’ plates shortly!

Bug Hotels - The Next Stage

Today Wheal Busy worked incredibly hard to complete the next stage of their bug hotels - fixing the component parts together. Firstly, they used glue to join the pieces before securing the joins by hammering in tacks. No year 4 fingers were harmed in this process! A bit of luxury was added with some super sanding of the rough edges. There are going to be some lucky bugs moving into some 5 star accommodation in the next few weeks!

Designing Buildings Using CAD

Wheal Plenty have been using Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to design buildings. We look forward to seeing their designs as 3D structures! Thank you to the Friends of Treleigh for the funds raised which have contributed to buying this.

Designing Bug Houses

After their visit from a bug hotel designer last week, Wheal Busy designed their own bug houses. That meant that today was a VERY busy day of adding measurements to designs, transferring those measurements onto their wood and sawing their planks to the correct size (supervised and following safety rules at all times). Whilst small groups and individuals were busy with these skilled tasks, others went foraging for natural materials to fill the five star bug hotels once they are built next week.

Fun at the Krowji

Year 5 had fun at Krowji today as part of our launch into our new topic, 'Who Lives in a Home Like This?'. They visited various studios where they spoke to artists, architects, designers and also created their own sketches. We were inspired by this creative hub and there was great enthusiasm for possible jobs in the future! Year 5 showed great resilience walking too.

Traditional Mexican Inspired Food

Wheal Plenty were involved in preparing some traditional Mexican inspired food this afternoon, learning more about their culture.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind?

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind? Year 1 had a fantastic afternoon on Friday as they created their healthy food designs. The children made fruit pizzas-yum! They have built upon their skills and knowledge as they have learnt about the different food groups and the importance of eating a healthy and balanced diet, designing their pizzas and preparing the food using different tools.

Making Pasties

Today year 4 had a fantastic afternoon making pasties. Did you know a pasty is a balanced meal as it contains mostly vegetables and carbohydrates (pastry and potatoes) but also has meat for protein, a small amount of fats in the pastry and dairy can be added with some cheese should you wish. The children learned new skills of peeling, cutting and grating as well as learning about their Cornish roots by crimping and finding out about why the pasty was such a great meal for miners. Thank you Katy for leading this session.

Market Research

Wheal Plenty had a great time this week testing out different soups for their market research in Design & Technology. Their favourite was the 'Mystery', made by Mrs Hanley (Broccoli, Potato and Cheese).

Learning about the Eatwell Plate
Key Stage One enjoyed an assembly today with Mrs. Cooper from Caterlink.
The children learned all about the Eatwell plate and the main food groups. They then had a go at tasting some fruits and chose their favourites for an exciting project later in the topic!

The Healthy Eating Plate

Today Katie from Caterlink visited year 3 and 4 to talk to them about the healthy eating plate. This visit helped everyone learn more about the DT, science and PHSE parts of the topic ‘Healthy body, healthy mind?

Our Trip to the Maritime Museum

Wow! What an amazing day Year 1 had.

We learnt about Henry Trengrouse who invented the ‘Rocket life-saving apparatus.’
Year 1 took part in a re-creation of the ‘rocket and breeches buoy’ rescue mission over the tide pool where we had to rescue the fisherman from the lighthouse and bring him back to land safely.
As geographers, we looked at local maps of the coastline and identified the physical and human features of the surrounding areas.
We explored the RNLI resources in the survival zone area of the museum and talked about how to stay safe on beaches and along the coast.
As designers, we designed and created our own boats and tested these in the water.
The learning manager commented on how superbly the children behaved. Well done Year 1!

Art & Design Journals

The whole school have started new amazing art and design journals. These will follow them through the school, showcasing their developing skills and achievements. Wheal Bunnie were very excited to start using theirs today! They sketched their own designs for our design brief which is to make a 3D volcano with a mechanism. We cannot wait to see how they get on creating their final product in the next few weeks!

Investigating Cams

As part of Planet Earth: a force to be reckoned with? Y5/6 pupils have been set a design brief of making a toy/device that could help explain how volcanoes are created or how they erupt.

The investigation covers:

Science - Forces

DT - 'Ask' stage of the 'Engineering Design Process'.

Mood Boards

Today Wheal Unity have been sharing their mood boards and critiquing their own and each other’s t-shirt design ideas. They are excited to be able to get started soon!

Making Birds

Wheal Unity took their ‘Flying High’ topic to a new level this afternoon, by making their own birds! The children had to closely follow instructions and carefully look at a variety of birds to make their own designs. Here are just some of their finished products

Name Posters

Super computing skills from Wheal Unity this afternoon! They have worked hard to create their own name posters using word art in Publisher!

Research Homework

Wow! Wheal Bunnie had lots of fun this afternoon looking at everyone’s research homework. There were some amazing facts and creativity shown. Well done all!

Charlotte shared about her Great Grandfather's Service in WW1

Charlotte shared about her Great Grandfather's service in WW1. Pictures of the trenches really helped Wheal Plenty to visualise what it would have been like for soldiers, inspiring them to build their own model trenches accurately.

WW1 Trenches

Wheal Plenty put back on their Design Technology hats this afternoon, by making WW1 trenches!

Great Fire of London

To end their wonderful topic, Wheal Plenty finally got to experience the seventeenth century 'Great Fire of London', when they burnt their Tudor and Stuart style houses this morning.
It was a good opportunity for thinking historically and sharing empathy with the Londoner's loss.
Thanks Mr Roberts for helping us out too!

Seventeenth Century House Models

Wheal Plenty had fun this afternoon continuing the construction of their seventeenth century house models!
Shame they may be burnt......


Wheal Lovely and Wheal Friendly have been thoroughly enjoying their latest book, Supertato! They’ve written wanted posters (to try and catch Evil Pea), they’ve investigated ice and jelly and they have even had a go at making traps to catch this villain!

Wheal Plenty have begun building their WW1 replica trenches!