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.
Nursery: I have an idea!
I want to make a box to put treasure in. Now let me see ....
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 5: Rockets
As part of their topic on Space Year 5 designed and made rockets.
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.
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.
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.