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Design and Technology

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.

Have a look below at our wonderful design and technology projects in school.

Woodwork in Nursery

Let's get growing! May 2021 Ready to eat radish!

Year 5: Can you make a debris removing tool? Yes we can!

Let's get growing! March 2021

Reception made shoes for Cinderella's Ball.

Year 5 - Can you design and make a moving toy using a cam?

Year 1 - Can you design and make a freestanding structure for a playground?

Year 4 - Can you make a moving picture using levers?

Year 6 - Can you design and make a shelter to protect the people of Camberwell (Boy in the Tower).

Nursery - Can you design and make a bag for a gift?

Oaks class - Can you design something to protect an egg from cracking when it is dropped?

Year 4: Can you design and make a shell structure for Hestia's honey cakes?

Nursery: Can you make a trap for Joker? Yes we can!

Year 2 Can you design and make a healthy fruit salad?

Year 5: Can you make a bionic hand?


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Reception Can you design and make a hat for a party? Yes I can! The children followed their designs carefully when choosing how to decorate their hats.

Year 3 Can you design and make a bronze age purse? The challenge was to create a 2D design and make it into a 3D product.

Year 1 Can you design and make a fruit kebab for tigers tea party?

Year 4 Can you design and make a board game? Yes we can!

Reception Look what I have made!

Year 5 Design and make a parachute

Year 6 Can you design and make an air raid shelter?

Congratulations to our design and technology catapult competition winners! Having won the class competition, they then went on to win the inter-school competition at Ralph Thoresby High School.

Yes we can! Nursery - step 1

And here are the finished products!

And here are some more bins and recycled paper made by our Adel DT superstars!

Reception made some amazing fire engines!

Year 5 designed and made scrap paper rockets to fire from our 'Stomp Rocket'. There was paper everywhere!

Year 2 3D Christmas tree.

Year 5 Egyptian Collars

Year 5 Egyptian Honey Balls

Our design and technology showcase event for children and parents was a great success.

Year 6 took on the tallest tower challenge involving a newspaper and 100cm of masking tape. They created amazing structures, some nearly touched the ceiling.
Paper Tower Challenge Part 2: 20 sheets of paper, no tape, no glue.

Nursery       Can you make a shoe for the Queen so she can go to the ball?

Year 5      A Maya solar calendar
Reception    Slippers for Cinderella
Year 4    Viking Long Houses

Designing the houses

Year 5 - Making guacamole as part of their Maya topic

Year 6        House alarms

Burglars watch out! Here we have a great example of electrical control ... and genius. If the burglar steps on to the mat the alarm sounds.

Nursery           Rockets


Can you design and make a rocket? Yes I can!

Nursery       I have an idea!

I want to make a box to put treasure in. Now let me see ....

Reception Class        Party hats

The children followed their designs as they set to work making their party hats. And don't they look amazing!!

Year 3         Calendars

Let's get weaving!

Year 4    Viking Longboats


Year 5      Rockets

As part of their topic on Space Year 5 designed and made rockets.

Testing their rockets to see how far they could travel was so exciting ... all the way to the moon and back!

Reception Class    Gift Bags

Can you design and make a bag for a gift? Yes we can!

Year 4    Volcanoes

The children were so excited making their models! They brought in all their equipment and followed their plans. They did make changes along the way if they thought it could be improved in some way.

Their models were fantastic!   And they were put to the test.  Unfortunately,  only two volcanoes erupted but afterwards the children completed an evaluation and thought about what they could do better next time.  Here are some of their suggestions: The plastic bottles were too big. They didn't use enough ingredients. The coke was stored in a warm place and therefore went flat.
Year 6   Tetrahedron Challenge
At this workshop, led by staff from Leeds University, the class engaged in activities that were designed to challenge pupils to communicate, practice, test and create using real life examples of engineering practices and processes. For one of the activities they worked in teams to build a GIANT tetrahedron structure.