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Art

Binders and pigments
Investigating a range of binders for pigments as used by artists through the ages.

Colour Glossary
The development of a glossary of terms related to colour and colour mixing.

Colour Inventors
Mixing colours, and recording and reproducing recipes for these colours.

Computer screen colour mixing
Using computer technology to create colours for the computer screen.

Decolourising
Learning about the technique of discharge printing.

Dyeing techniques
Using a dyebath and tie-dying fabric.

How shall I colour it?
Exploration of techniques for applying colour to a variety of materials.

Naming paints
Sorting and re-naming school paints using names given to artists' colours.

Pigments from soil
To produce a cave-painting, using pigments the children have made from local soils.



Design and technology

Binders and pigments
Investigating a range of binders for pigments as used by artists through the ages.

Colour Inventors
Mixing colours, and recording and reproducing recipes for these colours.

Colouring playdough
Carrying out an investigation into adding colour to playdough

Comparing natural and synthetic dyes
Extracting natural dyes, and using these and synthetic dyes on a range of natural and synthetic fabrics.

Decolourising
Learning about the technique of discharge printing.

Dyeing techniques
Using a dyebath and tie-dying fabric.

Filter holes
Learning about the relationship between filter hole sizes and the particles that will pass through them.

How shall I colour it?
Exploration of techniques for applying colour to a variety of materials.

Naming paints
Sorting and re-naming school paints using names given to artists' colours.

Pigments from soil
To produce a cave-painting, using pigments the children have made from local soils.


English

Colour making processes
Sequencing steps in a colour making process, using photographs, text and symbols.

Colour glossary
The development of a glossary of terms related to colour and colour mixing.

Mill site study
Reading and analysing source material to learn about the historical development of a mill.


Geography

Mill site study
Reading and analysing source material (including maps) to learn about the historical development of a mill.

Purchasing and transporting ingredients
Children play a cooperative board game to learn about the purchasing of ingredients in a global market.


History

Mill site study
Reading and analysing source material to learn about the historical development of a mill.

People in industry
Learning about the daily lives of workers in a mill and dyeworks.

Timeline and discoveries
To place national events on a timeline, and relate the timing of these with the historical development of a company making blue pigments.


Mathematics

Filter holes
Learning about the relationship between filter hole sizes and the particles that will pass through them.

Production simulation
Role play of a board meeting, in which children calculated profits, and consider factors affecting these profits.

Purchasing and transporting ingredients
Children play a cooperative board game to learn about the purchasing of ingredients in a global market.


Science

Colour making processes
Sequencing steps in a colour making process, using photographs, text and symbols.

Comparing natural and synthetic dyes
Extracting natural dyes, and using these and synthetic dyes on a range of natural and synthetic fabrics.

Drying methods and removing water
Investigating ways of removing water from a mixture, by evaporation and filtration, and comparing these with industrial methods.

Drying times
To learn about and model processes used in industry to discover the drying times for paints.

Grinding chalk
Investigation into methods of grinding chalk, and comparison with industrial grinding techniques.

Making powder paint
To explore differing ratios of chalk and pigment on the effectiveness of the resulting mixture as powder paint.

Quality testing of dyes
To test the quality of dyes used in fabrics when washed or placed in sunlight. To learn about quality testing of dyes in industry.

Sieves and filters
The use of a range of household sieves to separate dry ingredients in a soup mix. To then compare these filters with those used in industry.

Separating coloured inks
Separating colours in felt-tipped pens or smarties, using filter paper chromatography.

Tints of colour
Learning about the relationship between tone of blue paint/pigment and particle size.