D.T.

The National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils:
 
  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Year 3

As part of their 'Scrumdiddlyumptious' creative learning project, children worked in groups to design and create their own healthy fruit smoothies and chose flavourings for their flatbreads. Children also designed posters and cartons to advertise their fruit smoothies. The Scrumdiddlyumptious cafe was then opened for parents and relatives to purchase and sample the delicious products.

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As part of their project on 'Predators' children learned how to make their own fossils.

We thought our finished 'fossils' looked very realistic.

Children made huge amounts of papier mache in order to create a huge skeleton of a dinosaur!

Year 3 had to measure very carefully in order to draw and create a life size whale.

The children were given the challenge of designing and creating their own predator, using their choice of collage materials. We were very impressed with the creative models made by the children.

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As part of their project on 'Gods and Mortals' Year 3 developed their food technology skills, making a range of authentic Greek dishes. The tasting session afterwards was great fun!

Year 3 used laptops and library books to learn about life in Ancient Greece by observing the art work on Greek vases. The children then created their own vases building up papier mache over a balloon structure, learning how to strengthen the structure of their models. Children then painted and decorated their vases, making their patterns and pictures look as authentic as possible.

As part of their science project on 'Light', Year 3 found out about reflection, refraction and how light travels in straight lines. The children then worked in groups to create a shadow puppet theatre show. They wrote their own play scripts based on a children’s fairy tale, made the different characters for each scene, built their puppet theatre ‘stage’ and then performed their shadow puppet shows to the class. The children thoroughly enjoyed performing their shows and they all worked well together.

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As part of their 'Flow' project, Year 3 created moving mechanisms to make water wheels, trialling different designs until they found the most effective designs.

Thank you to Year 3 parents and relatives who joined us for an afternoon of technology and maths fun. Children and adults were given the challenge of creating a bridge structure to span the ‘river’ that would also bear a certain weight, with the added challenge of a time limit for the task. Children had a set amount of money and were able to purchase basic materials from the ‘shop’. As every 10cm of sellotape cost a set amount, this really made children consider best value when making purchases.

A very busy and enjoyable afternoon followed, with some impressive and successful bridge structures at the end!

As part of their 'Mighty Metals' project, Year 3 used junk modelling techniques to create their own robots.

Year 4

As part of their 'Raiders and Traders' creative learning project, children could choose from a variety of design technology tasks. In the gallery below, you can see fabulous Viking longboats, Viking embroidery patterns and small Anglo-Saxon charms threaded with other materials to create personalised necklaces.

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During their 'Road Trip USA' creative learning project children engaged in a variety of design technology tasks, including designing and making a totem pole, designing and creating a dream catcher and creating a traditional American dish!

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During their project on the Romans, 'I am Warrior', children used their research about Roman and Celtic shields and Celtic embroidery designs to develop and create their own beautiful shield and embroidery designs.

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During their 'Potions' project, children worked very hard in their company teams to make a range of bath products including bath salts, lip balms and body oils, beautiful packaging and very persuasive leaflets and posters. We certainly have some budding entrepreneurs and persuasive sales people in Year 4. Following the express event, children were busy counting the money and working out their costs and profits - of £393!

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As part of their 'Misty Mountain Sierra' creative learning project, Year 4 children researched information about different mountains and studied images of them before designing and modelling their own mountain, using different techniques to create a strong structure.

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Year 5

As part of their 'Pharaohs' creative learning project, children designed and made canopic jars using papier mache and lots of gold paint. Children also could also get involved in design technology tasks by building a model of a pyramid; constructing an Egyptian temple and decorating the walls with hieroglyphics; designing and creating a sarcophagus or creating a mask for a great Pharaoh.

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As part of their 'Stargazers' project children made moon buggies, rockets and orreries and some children even made edible planets!

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During their 'Time Traveller' project Year 5 children enjoyed developing design criteria to inform the design of their innovative and functional clocks.

During their 'Beast Creator' project, Year 5 used their imaginations to create some minibeasts out of a range of different materials.

 

During their 'Alchemy Island' creative learning project children designed and made board games, writing clear and succinct rules. The classrooms were filled with laughter and challenge as parents/carers and grandparents were invited to play the games.

As part of the project, 'Alchemy Island', Year 5 also experimented with delicious ingredients and their knowledge of reversible and irreversible reactions to create mouth watering food products which could be sold in the Alchemist's Restaurant. From omelette, jelly and chocolate truffles to gluten free cake, smoothies and chocolate covered strawberries with popping candy, pupils put their food technology and science skills to the test. The results were varied and delectable.

Year 6

As part of their 'Child's War' creative learning project children got involved in the project home learning tasks by building a miniature Anderson shelter; making bunting for the VE street party celebration; making a card gas mask with instructions for its use or writing a wartime recipe using rationed ingredients and, best of all, they brought in the dish for evaluation!

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