Stanford Junior and Infant School
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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:
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.
This afternoon we used our designs to make an Anglo-Saxon broach using a variety of materials. Afterwards we evaluated the process.
Sunflower Class enjoyed showing their moving toys from home. They sorted their toys into groups, explaining how they move.
Oscar- Some you can pull and some you can push.
Rylea- Lots of toys have batteries or a remote control.
Harry- Some toys you can wind up.
The children were challenged to read and follow instructions. They made; paper snails, flapping birds, circus riders, pecking birds and a paper helicopter. Throughout the day, the children used a wide range of skills; cutting, colouring and drawing, folding, rolling up paper, gluing, using a ruler, assembling and joining parts with split pins, sellotape, staples and string.
Harvey- I liked following the instructions to make a paper snail.
Libby- I drew patterns on the pecking birds.
Ronnie- Folding the card on my bird was tricky.
Isla- My helicopter flew well.
Amelia- I liked colouring in and putting my bird together.
James- It was the best Hook Day ever!
Mrs. Brady and Mrs. Graham would like to thank all the wonderful helpers; Mrs. Bennett, Mrs. Drury and Mrs. Warton for helping the children develop and improve their Design and Technology skills.
Wow look at our fabulous models of Air raid Shelters we made this term as part of our home learning.
The Egyptians liked to wear necklaces. We looked at examples of necklaces found from this era and discovered that most of them were collar necklaces with eagles and beadwork on them. To make them we used a paper plate to create the collar and then we cut out an eagle. We painted our designs and used pasta to represent the beadwork. When we had finished we thought about whether our finished product looked like our designs, what we liked, what we weren’t happy with and what we would change if we did this again. We were really proud of our designs.
Today we have been very busy with our needle and thread sewing tree decorations for our enterprise craft sale. We were delighted to welcome lots of grandmas and mums for the afternoon’s activity. A very big ‘thank you’ for all your help.
The Healthy Tuck Shop led by the Well Being Team and Year 6 pupils is a real success. Pupils made banana bread and muesli treats to sell. There was also sugar-free fruit jelly and yummy carrot sticks on offer to choose. Year 6 pupils reported lots of positive feedback from customers today who loved the choice of healthy snacks.
Mrs. Drury is really pleased at the great start her group have made on making planters and bug hotels this term.
Following our Harvest Festival we were inspired to make some bread. Our hands and fingers were very busy kneading and rolling the dough. We looked at the ingredients needed and thought 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!
A big ‘thank you’ to Mrs Wink and Mrs Christie, our expert bakers.
We imagined we work for a company who designs and makes bespoke gas masks for customers who don’t like the dull and boring design and colour of the standard issue gas masks.
We chose a client to design and make a gas mask suitable for.
Here are our finished gas masks. What do you think?
We evaluated our finished result against our designs.
Barley class enjoyed their Hook day- designing and then creating their own African masks using a variety of materials and artistic techniques. We discussed African mask designs, colours and textures and then designed our own using a design prototype. We then started to bring our designs to life!
Barley class completed their African masks using a range of materials.... don't they look amazing and effective!?
On Thursday 7th September we had a hook day to start off our learning about the Ancient Egyptians. As ever the parents were incredibly supportive and creative with the costumes based upon the theme ‘Egyptians, Mummies and Explorers’. The children looked wonderful.
(Keep the togas safe Mum and Dads as we will be ‘visiting’ the Roman Era in the summer.)
Look at Darcy’s wonderful eye make-up!
This will link into a DT project where the children will design their own canopic jar. The children used kitchen paper towels with glue to cover a plastic cup. The children were full of questions about what these jars were used for, and we will find out about the gory details of the mummification process later this term…..if they can wait that long!
The children learnt about how the Ancient Egyptians invented the earliest paper. They made it from the papyrus plant which is where the word paper comes from. Papyrus was made by splitting the stems of the plant into thin strips and soaking the strips in water. The strips were then placed onto top of each other in a criss-cross pattern. The sheet would then be hit with a mallet to bond the ﬁbres together and then left for a few days to dry with heavy weights on the top. We used strips of newspaper and placed them in a criss-cross pattern. We had to use several layers to make one piece of paper. We then had to leave it until it had thoroughly dried which took 4 days. We are going to try drawing and writing on the paper. What a lot of hard work! Let’s hope we don’t make a mistake as it took days to make 1 sheet!
The children were given a base of 10x10. The children had to first estimate how many cubes it would check. Then they had to look at the base & visualise each layer and work out how many cubes would be in each layer and find the total number of cubes. Finally the children were allowed to get the cubes and check their work. This wasn’t easy as they needed steady hands!! Luckily they had plenty of friends to help.
The children were given paper dolls for them to create Egyptian costumes. The children enjoyed getting creative.
These are just some of the activities we enjoyed. We built pyramids. We tried ‘Walking like an Egyptian’ and we have learnt some Egyptian songs which I am sure you will be hearing the children sing at home.
We had a fabulous day and we had lots of fun!
Sunflower Class worked cooperatively in small groups to make a healthy edible sunflower.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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...
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.
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.
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.
We all enjoyed the PTFA Christmas fayre – lots of planning, designing, making and selling took place – great enterprise skills and fabulous festive fun!
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.