Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003

Design and Technology

Design and technology is about providing opportunities for students to develop their capability, combining their designing and making skills with knowledge and understanding in order to create quality products.

In Design and Technology, children acquire and apply knowledge and understanding of materials and components, mechanisms and control systems, structures, existing products, quality and health and safety.

Skills learned in design technology help with learning across the curriculum. Their knowledge about the properties of materials helps in science and the practice of measuring accurately helps in maths. These skills help in IT through the children’s use of computer control and, naturally, in art and design.

Design and Technology education helps develop children’s skills and knowledge in design, materials, structures, mechanisms and electrical control. They are encouraged to be creative and innovative, and are actively encouraged to think about important issues such as sustainability and enterprise.

There are three core activities children engage with in design and technology:

  • Activities which involve investigating and evaluating existing products
  • Focused practical tasks in which children develop particular aspects of knowledge and skills
  • Designing and making activities in which children design and make 'something' for 'somebody' for 'some purpose'

D&T is often one of a child’s favourite subjects. Children like making decisions for themselves and doing practical work. They love creating products they can see, touch - and even taste - for themselves. They feel proud to have done so.

D&T brings learning to life. It is a motivating context for discovering literacy, mathematics, science, art, PSHE and ICT. Primary D&T also provides a firm basis for later learning in the subject and a platform for developing skills in literacy and numeracy.

Can I design a functional product and make an honest evaluation?

Sunflower Class designed and made castanets. They researched ideas and were inspired to make them like animals. They planned and improved their designs. They tested materials and made prototypes. Finally they performed with them in their end of year assembly!

Olivia- I had to change my design. I did the flamingo's whole body and then realised I was supposed to just do the head.

Jayden- I wasn't happy at first with my castanet, as the coins inside fell out.

Ella R.- I think bigger coins inside the mouth would've made a louder sound.

Alfie- I loved playing my castanet. It was good fun.

Healthy Eating Workshops

Food for Fitness led workshops for parents and pupils all about health eating. Pupils enjoyed preparing food from scratch and tasting the delicious choices – they were inspired to start cooking! Thank you to the families who attended and to Mrs Harvey for leading these workshops.


Year 3 prepared and made a healthy and tasty meal using tomatoes and herbs as the main ingredients.  They made pasta with tomato and basil sauce with herby garlic bread. This involved ensuring hygiene procedures were used, following a recipe, and evaluating the finished dish. Most agreed it was delicious!  Many were inspired to want to cook this recipe using fresh ingredients at home.  We also identified which part of the Eat well plate each of the ingredients belonged to applying our previous learning on healthy eating.

Can I learn how bread is made?

Gav The Chef, who works for Cygnet, worked with Barley class this afternoon. He taught them how bread is made and the many different designs and flavours of bread there are in the world! Pupils made a wide variety of designs, from the traditional round or plaited bread to hamsters, hedgehogs and even people made of bread! Their creations came out amazing! A wonderful afternoon had by all!

Sunflower class use their environment to inspire their learning

KS1 Hook Day

Can I bake bread?

Beau: My bread was soft and it was easy to make.
Cole: We used flour, water and yeast.
Elissa: We baked the dough in the oven.
Bailey: I liked baking, especially kneading the bread.
Maddie: I liked learning how to make bread from all the ingredients.

Can I use a range of tools and materials to create a Tudor-style house?

Olivia H: We made houses that looked like the houses in 1666.
Anthony: We painted cereal boxes.
Azem: Flour and sugar went into the paint to make it lumpy.
William: The roof was made out of straw.
Daisy: I liked making the houses because we had to do lots of different things to make it.

Cooking and Nutrition: Can I use the basic principles of a healthy and varied diet to prepare dishes?

Sunflower Class designed and prepared sandwiches which were healthier than Paddington's marmalade sandwiches. Everyone enjoyed making and eating their food.

Elissa- My ingredients were; brown bread, margarine, chicken, cheese and ham. I liked how it looked and it tasted really good. I wouldn't want to change it. It was my favourite!
Connor- I've been looking at all the food packets and checking how much salt and sugar is in the food. The stripes on the packet told me how healthy it was. Green is really good, amber is ok, but red really isn't good.
Dexter- I made my sandwich carefully. I cut it into halves and it didn't look messy. It tasted really nice.
Louie- My sandwich wasn't easy to make. I found cutting the cheese hard.

LQ: Can I create a labyrinth using a range of materials and techniques?

Barley class are continuing their DT project- to design, create and evaluate a labyrinth, as part of our topic this term. We have started to create our designs using cardboard and art straws- measuring accurately to create the outline of our labyrinth. We will be continuing this project over the coming weeks

Juniper Class: Poison dart frogs

This half term in Design and Technology we have designed, made and evaluated our frog "bean bags"

We are proud of our finished product.  What do you think?

Peruvian Weaving

Sunflowers have started doing some Peruvian weaving with wool. Thank you to Mrs. Bennett for showing us how to use a cardboard loom.

Oscar- I like it; it's easy.
Cerys- It's hard and you have to concentrate.
Jayden- It's a challenge and I can do it a bit.
Katie- It goes in a pattern; over, under, over, under...

Greek sculptures

Mustard Class enjoyed a lesson carving Ancient Greek-inspired sculptures using soap. They were surprised how difficult it was, and discussed how skilled the artisans of Greece must have been to sculpt in marble and bronze.

Stone Age Soup

As part of Design Technology, Star Anise and Juniper Year 4's enjoyed researching, designing and making their own Stone Age Soup. Some of the soups were e a very interesting colour and had some strange flavours. Everyone worked together in groups and it was lovely seeing all the children praising each other, even when the soup didn't taste that nice. Mrs Hackfath came and sampled the soups and scored them on flavour, colour and appearance.  

Winter Robins

Sunflower Class have enjoyed sewing felt to make their winter robins. Many thanks to Mrs. Warton for all her help with this. They look beautiful.

Christmas Fayre

We all enjoyed the PTFA Christmas fayre – lots of planning, designing, making and selling took place – great enterprise skills and fabulous festive fun!

Sewing with parents and grandparents

In Seedlings Class we have been very busy with our needles and thread sewing bell decorations for our Enterprise craft sale. We are delighted to welcome lots of grandmas and mums for the afternoon’s activity. A very big ‘thank you’ for all your help.

Sunflower Class Making Scarecrows

Part 1

We have started making our mini scarecrows. We had to saw the wood carefully and stick the body, arms and legs on. Thank you to Mrs. Bennett for helping us

Part 2

We are enjoying making mini scarecrows for out Design and Technology project. As you can see, they are really taking shape! Many thanks to Mrs. Bennett for all her help this term.

Baking Bread in Seedlings Class

In preparation for our Harvest Festival we have been inspired to make some bread. Our hands and fingers were very busy kneading and rolling the dough. We looked at the ingredients needed and though of lots of words to describe the dough including ‘squidgy’, ‘soft’ and ‘stretchy’ and how the bread changed once cooked. Of course the best bit was eating our fresh bread and enjoying the delicious smell!! Perhaps you could try baking fresh bread at home?

Edible Sunflowers

In Maths today, each person was given a number and everyone had to line up in order. Can you remember how many people are in our class? Everyone had fun working in small groups making sunflowers that we could eat. We had to chop, cut and arrange the food to make it look like a sunflower. Then we shared our sunflower and ate it! Everyone enjoyed trying the very healthy food.

Lacey- The peppers are a bit sweet.

Anthony- I know I don't like celery, but I will try it again.

Finley- We used a knife to share out the cucumber.

Jacob- That food is smashing!

Millie- I tried the cucumber. D

exter- I love all the food!

Mrs. Brady - All the sunflowers looked amazing and everyone worked very cooperatively.

Well done everyone!


Sunflower Class had fun building together at their Lego day.


In Sunflower Class after listening to the 'Carnival of the Animals' by Saint-Saens, we decided to design and make some animal puppets. We used card, fabric, split pins, string, wood, glue and sellotape. Do you like our rod puppets? We made them dance in our class assembly!"

DT Day

Mustard and Star Anise really enjoyed our creative DT Day today.
Thomas said, 'It's been really exciting and fun'.
Brandon expressed how weird it was kneeding the dough.
Jasmin said, 'It was cool making the bread.'
Jorja enjoyed making everything.

Wood Work

Seedlings class have been busy making wooden claves. We first needed to mark out and measure where to cut the wood using a ruler. Then Mrs Drury showed us how to saw the wood safely. Next, we sanded the edges of the wood using sandpaper to make the claves smooth. We will then finish our wooden claves by drawing decorative patterns on them before using them to tap musical patterns and accompany songs.