Design and Technology – Autumn 2017


Reception watched the story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and talked about healthy and unhealthy food. They talked about the importance of staying healthy, and how the caterpillar needed to eat lots of healthy food to help him grow big and strong to turn into a butterfly.  All the children made their own fruit salad; they were asked to cut up their own fruit carefully with a knife, and add it to their cup. They were very good at trying new things just like The Very Hungry Caterpillar!

Year 1

During Harvest open afternoon, the year one children enjoyed making their very own apple crumble. Learning to cook is an important skill and the children would be able to replicate this recipe at home. They were extremely proud of what they had made. It smelt amazing and we’re sure it tasted just as good!

Year 2

During year 2’s ‘Medieval Norwich’ topic they have designed and made a drawbridge suitable for a castle. They all had the same materials to use for their designs and had to discuss each design in their teams before they started to make their bridge. We tested out their bridges using weights and discussed why some people’s designs were stronger than others and what they would change about their design if they were to do it again.

Design and Technology – Summer 2017

This term children in the EYFS have enjoyed taking advantage of the glorious weather and have taken their design and technology skills outside. They have enjoyed using the outdoor area to build dens and have been practising evaluating and adapting their dens when they have not been fit for purpose. They have also enjoyed developing their ideas using the large construction equipment available.

Inside the classroom the children have enjoyed being involved in whole class junk modelling activities to design animals and habitats that they saw at the zoo.

Children have been learning new skills and have practised these skills in their free choice activities.

All children in the EYFS have continued to enjoy daily access to creative resources and have been encouraged to develop their ideas and adapt their creations when necessary.

Children in Year One have also enjoyed taking design and technology outside this term. They have been using their DT skills to design and create boats. The children used a range of materials to create their boats and then tested to see if they would float. The children were encouraged to talk about their creations and adapt their ideas when things did not turn out as they had expected.

Children in year two have been busy exploring our school and drawing maps. They were challenged to create a 3D map of our school and they used their design and technology skills to create 3D map using junk modelling. The children were very proud of their creations.

Design and Technology – Spring 2017

Children in the EYFS have continued to have access to a variety of resources and have been developing their ideas based on their interests.


They have been given the opportunity to learn new skills and to take part in class craft activities.


As part of our fantasy topic, children in reception have been practising weighing and combining ingredients to make their own gingerbread superheroes. The children enjoyed using the scales to weigh the correct amount of ingredients and practised rolling the dough to the correct thickness to cut out their superhero. The children were also given the opportunity to decorate their superheroes and enjoyed spreading the icing and making faces and buttons.


The children also had the opportunity to share their learning with their adults on parent open afternoon and made superhero accessories with the help of their grown-ups.


In year one, children followed instructions to make melting snowman biscuits and then used this experience to write the instructions to make the biscuits.

Children also had the opportunity to make rocky road slices as part of their space topic. They measured the ingredients using the scales and talked about the different methods needed to combine the ingredients. The children especially enjoyed taste testing their creations!

As part of parent open afternoon, the children enjoyed designing and making their own moon buggy out of junk modelling!

In year two, children designed and made a parachute. The children had a range of resources to make their parachutes with and were then able to test their parachute out by dropping them from a height. Children then discussed whose parachute took the longest to reach the ground.

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