Summer 2019 Tanzania Expedition

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Press Release GCSE Summer 2017

At Therfield we are, once again, very pleased with our students’ results in the more challenging G...

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We are delighted with this year’s A Level results, all the more considering the increased level of...

DT Workshop – Curriculum Enrichment Days (July 2017)

On Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th July, the Year 7 cohort collaborated in a one day ‘DT Workshop’ wh...

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  • DT Workshop – Curriculum Enrichment Days (July 2017)

On Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th July, the Year 7 cohort collaborated in a one day ‘DT Workshop’ which enabled them to bake, decorate and package cupcakes.

Students spent the morning of their DT Workshop day, baking their cupcakes from the raw ingredients which they measured out. In addition, Year 7 students prepared a butter cream topping which would later be piped onto the top of the cakes. Students also spent time in the Art department decorating cupcake boxes and making their own card cake stands according to the theme of ‘Nature’. Pupils worked in groups to produce packaging which employed the skills they have been learning during their Year 7 Therfield journey so far this year. Students used coloured paper, natural forms such as leaves and flowers, paint, oil pastel, pencil and pen to devise a surface decoration for their packaging, in keeping with their intended cupcake decoration. After break, students attended a cake topping seminar in the Sports Hall, watching how to create a caterpillar, toadstools, butterflies and animal print patterns from icing. Students were sat at tables in their groups and were totally captivated during the 30 minute demonstration. Pupils watched in total silence as the seminar was projected using a camera onto the hall wall. This enabled Year 7 students to see close up and first-hand how to construct these cake topping ‘sculptures’, using water and a cake brush to ‘stick’ each icing shape together. Students learnt how to mix coloured icing together and roll it out to merge shapes before cutting out their intended designs. Students created their cake topping ‘sculptures’ before lunch to allow them to cool over the break. Students re-assembled in the Food Technology department after lunch to add their topping designs to cupcakes. Their masterpieces were ‘complete’ when finally presented in their stands/boxes, which complemented their cake designs. Students enjoyed a show and tell presentation, with Food Technology prizes awarded to ‘most inventive approach to theme (cake stand and cake box)’ and ‘most exciting icing cake topper design’. In conclusion, pupils were able to view each other’s and work with a cup of squash and sample their creations in celebration of their learning and achievement.