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Visitors from The University of Leeds – D&T


Because of the most recent Design & Technology project in Year 5, we had the opportunity to work with some visitors from The University of Leeds and learn more about the opportunities available both in design careers and at university in general. This all occurred on Tuesday 13th December.


Our two visitors were both currently working for The University of Leeds. We had Caroline Hemingray (Associate Professor in Fashion Marketing and Colour) and Phil Henry (lecturer in textile design and design technology) both visit us and lead presentations and discussions in all 3 of our Year 5 classes. They came to discuss design in the real world, some of the processes a real-life designer will go through, the differing roles available to a designer and some aspirational messages around attending university.


This directly linked to our DT project last term where all children in Year 5 spent time researching and creating a charity logo design. We used computer software to create the designs and used our design brief and democracy to decide on the best designs within our classes. Those designs were then ironed onto bags which were then taken home by the children in the classes. Everyone loved the creativity and design process and seeing the real-life logos on bags and the visit from Caroline and Henry gave some much needed further context of the design world and the opportunities it could hold for the children of Shakespeare.


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