Year 9 School refuser

2hrs Per week 1:1 support


Session 1

The student chose to make one of our Downhill Racer buggy kits from a range of activities available. He decided to design the wheels himself using CAD CAM with a little assistance. The way this is done enables him to separate out and paint the wheel rims white. This is done beautifully and he shows great attention to detail. Leaves after 110 mins with permission from school.

Session 2

He makes the body. Again, shows attention to detail. He sculpts the body carefully using a hand sanding machine - not essential but he requested to do this. Leaves at 2hrs on the dot having enjoyed himself and worked solidly.

Session 3

He needed to stop his wheels 'squeeking' so, after some discussion, decided to lubricate with graphite dust from a pencil. He then became interested in the process of making graphite dust. This is where he departed from the typical linear learning process of making the car -  and embarks on a cyclical 'empiracle' learning style (trial and error) of making a tool to make graphite to lubricate the cars wheels.


This is why T&S is so valuable to him.

He began to wonder how much graphite he can make and how fast he can make it.

So he started to independently experiment with various methods - asking politely for various resources and following a logical process of decision making. At one point he realised that his graphite dust was contaminated with wood dust from the pencils, all of which is grey in colour. After a series of questions by our staff he concludes to separate the woodfrom the graphite by floating the dust in water because the wood will float! He also found that soap helped to break down surface tension.

Fingers grey with pencil dust he used various tools safely and responsibly including a cordless drill. He cut, assembled and modified scraps of material to cobble together a jig to hold the drill.

Our staff designed a Laser cut tube to hold the pencil vertically over the sanding drum - all with his input and direction.

By 2 hrs he is making  loads of graphite powder from artists graphite sticks that we buy for him at the local shop. Leaves after 2  1/2 hours. He has been polite with good manners and a sense of humour. He has a hands-on, purposeful kinasthetic learning style where he independently manages and learns authentically, at his own pace and  at a deeper level than would have been likely during the same project taught in school. ( I know!)

On the Leuven Scale for Well-being he scores 5/5 and the same for 'engagement'.


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