Purple Class were treated to a very interesting visit to Nissan Manufacturing in Sunderland on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

Our day started with a chauffeured journey in the personalised Nissan Monozukuri Caravan bus. Once we arrived we were greeted by Karen, Josh and Natalie. We heard the story of George the friendly Nissan ghost who haunts the airfield and we learned about what Nissan does. We found out that the Nissan plant employs around 7000 local people (some of them we knew from friends and family).

We were then given some cookies and juice to start our day, while we listened to the story of the Daruma Opening Ceremony Doll. This is a traditional Japanese custom, which signifies the start of a new project. The doll must be signed and painted by he contributors and then put on display to bring us good look. We chose Mr Warne as our most important person.

Karen then announced the winners of the design competition and it was…Darci! Karen and Natalie loved her design and it has now been printed on a canvas to display in the college. She also won a water bottle and a Lego set to take home. The very worthy runners up were Kaitlyn and Jade. Well done girls!

We then learned about the brand and the products they develop and sell. At this plant they make three cars: The Duke, The Quashquai and The Leaf. We now know the first car was produced in Sunderland in 1986.

We discovered how cars are made in the factory and workshop. And then got a chance to design our own cars using Lego.

We were then set a challenge as a production line. Who could build the Nissan Buddy the quickest? We each took a role in our groups and had to stick to the rules.

After lunch we took a tour of the workshop and looked at the roles in the factory in detail.

We then got to meet the resident robot who drew pictures and said, “Hi!” To Navjot and Morgan!

Then we we moved onto the Formula 1 challenge to see who had the quickest reaction times.

Then we were back in the classroom to learn about Health & Safety, and our resident foreman dressed up for the occasion in PPE workfare. We learned about the equipment used to keep workers safe.

Then Karen and Josh invited us to be “hands on” and we got to have a go using some of the equipment found in the factory and practise the skills that Nissan workers need to use (Kaizen).

To round off the day we had to colour in the last remaining eye on the ceremonial doll and the Pivo dance. What a fantastic day!

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