Year 5/6 have been learning all about KITES this term!
Having received a visit from expert kite maker John Browning, who taught the children to make a very simple kite from a single sheet of A4 paper, they have now embarked on designing and making their very own.
They started by looking at some real kites and working out how they were made (this involved testing how well they flew as well!). They then created four different designs before deciding on a final design.
The next step was to make a practise version of their kite using fabric- this involved lots of measuring, drawing out shapes and sewing pieces together by hand. This gave the children a chance to adapt their design if they needed to before starting their final kite.
When making the final kite, it was important that the kite fabric was cut out accurately and that the pieces fitted together correctly- lots of careful pinning had to take place before using the sewing machine to sew the pieces together. Then came the spars, spines and spreaders- created using wood in order to give the kite its shape.
Final touches were added including tails, bows and images. Now all is left to do is test how well they fly!
Have a look and see what you think...