Students will be familiar to the Process used for JC Woodwork and the work involved, however at LC level students really need to take a leading role in ensuring all work is well researched, fully supported by a quality Portfolio and contain a high level of Presentation.
To do this students really need to earmark a project early on in; certainly after easter in 5th Year. The syllabus will be best part covered at this stage and students will have gained considerable knowledge by then.
It is advisable to pick something that 1) You are serioulsly inteseted in and 2)You have close access to eg your own house or building nearby.
Outline very clearly what your intentions are for your project... e.g. 1) House was originally built in 1970s for young couple now needs extension due to larger family... 2) House has a larger attic space which is easily converted for various uses.... 3) Garage at bottom of garden could easily be converted into granny flat.... 4) Space over adjoining garage could be possibility for 1st floor extention..... 5) Living Room has little light due to North Facing Location could include ideas for bay window and new interior layout that will facilitate open plan living..... 6) Old house bought needs to be brought up to spec to suit wheelchair access....
These are only a few ideas as to how you could identify a opportunity to explore. Your Detailed Board should include constructional details that would have to be undertaken in your home/project and should be interlinked to what you have learned in class and a clear observation as to why you have chosen this detail, explain why it is there...... this is vital don't just pick the detail for sack of it explain your reason behind it.
Once you have picked a project it would be key to underline what aspects you are keen to explore within the project. Example converting an attic would meaning having to support the existing roof whilst carrying out measures to ensure new living space is supported..... how would you do this? how is the load of the building spread across the building... Does any of the roof structure currently lie on a load bearing walls and if it is to be removed how could it be done.... If you have witnessed such work record how it was done. If you have learned in class what best practice is; then here is the perfect opportunity to show the examiner you clearly understand the methodologies behind it... this is what they want to see.
Try to incorporate other things within the building such as heating systems, sewage, furniture, stairs/access, planning permission, building materials, conservation, use of space etc etc......... be smart
Producing a Scale Model is key to how your overall project will look. First things first Use a Good Scale that will Show the detail you want but make it manageable i.e 1:75 1:50, 1:25 ideally you want to be transport rather easily.. If you present this part to a high standard then its clear that the work has been well researched and carried out to a high standard. All the small details are extremely important to get right such as windows, doors, carpets & wooden flooring, brick/block rendered walls, all furniture & appliances, chimneys/fireplaces, roofing members, lead details, drive ways,gardens, grass effect.... and so on. These details are a good place to look for experiment's for example trying to get the effect of pebbledash on the exterior of your model is well worth investigating. You could find 3 alternative ways of using everyday household materials to achieve the look of pebbledash.
1) Mix PVA with sand 2) Paint some Sandpaper 3) Mix PVA with salt Carry out the investigation as to what was best material to use in terms of practical use, time spent, real life qualities, and maybe drying time........
Again these are only suggestions to get you thinking.... Remember all 3 Experiments have to be linked with the making of your Project. (See Portfolio Tab above)
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