Design & Technology


We provide opportunities for each child to design, create and use their own ideas and experiences to further their learning in Design and Technology. Children develop increasing independence to develop as learners and broaden their thinking about the design processes, including creating and refining their own ideas. These skills are transferable to other subjects.

Design and Technology is taught through cross-curricular links relating to the topics taught throughout the year. There is a clear focus on raising standards in Design & Technology skills in line with the new curriculum. To enable a wide range of experiences in line with requirements, cooking facilities have been developed to enable all children to experience high quality food technology.

Children are encouraged to work independently and can select a range of equipment and tools to use. They are supported to test their ideas and persevere when things become more challenging.

Children will be given the opportunity to progress their skills throughout the school, with a particular focus on planning, designing and evaluating their idea and product, with an opportunity to improve it based on their evaluation.

Children are given the opportunity to access the cooking facilities on a regular basis. The school provides a budget to give the children a wide variety of culinary experiences.

Design and Technology – Summer 2018

Reception   

The children in reception have been learning new skills and have practised these skills in their free flow learning. 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. Their work has included designing and making their own clothes for dolls this half term.

During STEM day the reception children read the book ‘Dinosaur Police’ by Sarah McIntyre. This story is about a T-Rex who ate pizza from a pizza factory that was meant to be for a town fair. The children then investigated the ‘crime’ and saw dinosaur footprints that had been left in their classrooms.  They also decided to make some pizza for the town fair because the T-Rex had eaten it all up!

Year 1

As part of their ‘Our Planet and Beyond’ topic, year 1 enjoyed designing and making their own Moon Buggies and vehicles. The children used junk modelling resources to bring their designs to life and used dowels and wheels to make their moon buggies move.

During Family Learning Week, the children in year 1 also made their own piers after learning about the Norfolk coast.  They followed criteria that their piers had to meet during their work.  One of the criteria was the pier being as long as a ruler and able to hold 10 counting people.

Year 2

As part of their ‘Habitats and Environments’ topic, the year 2 children designed and created minibeasts with a learning partner. They used their knowledge of invertebrates to combine features they felt would make a ‘super minibeast’.

During our ‘Norfolk’ themed Family Learning Week, year 2 also enjoyed learning about famous houses in Norfolk, including Sandringham House and Blickling Hall. The children got the opportunity to design their own stately homes using features that they had seen during their work and research. They then created their designs whilst working in groups and using junk modelling resources. Everyone worked hard to think about how to join their materials together before sharing their work with their the rest of their classmates.

Spring 2018

Nursery

The Nursery children visted the Resources Room for the first time. The children really enjoyed making gingerbread men together, which was part of a class reward. The children followed a recipe and got the opportunity to add ingredients and decorate their own!

 

Reception

Children in Reception classes have continued to have access to a variety of modelling resources and have been developing their ideas based on their own interests. Some of their work has inlcuded building sledges during the snowy weather and a fire station, linking to their topic ‘People who help us.’

The Reception children have also made chocolate crispy cakes. They carefully used the scales to weigh the correct amount of each ingredient and practised stirring their mixture before putting it into the cake cases.

Year 1  

During Book Week, Year 1 enjoyed making vegetable Gruffalo Crumble alongside their Julia Donaldson learning. This recipe used lots of healthy ingredients and made the whole corridor smell amazing. The children enjoyed chopping the vegetables themselves and measuring the correct amount of each ingredient before tasting the finished product. Lots of the children really enjoyed this dish!

Year 2

During their Air, Land and Sea topic work, Year 2 have been learning about the importance of eating healthily. They have explored the main food groups of carbohydrates, fruit and vegetables, protein, dairy and fats and have designed their own healthy sandwiches. The children tried to include as many of the different food groups as they could when completing this task.

At the end of this piece of work, the children made and tested the sandwich they had designed. Some of the children discovered some very interesting sandwich combinations!

Year 2 have also used junk modelling resources to create their own baskets. They did this having to meet two criteria: all designs had to have a handle and they needed to hold tomatoes. The finished baskets had to transport tomatoes without the fruit being squashed. The children really enjoyed testing their creations. After the testing, the children discussed what went well and what could be done next time to make the baskets even better.

Autumn 2017

Reception

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.

 


Within our federation, we provide opportunities for each child to design, create and use their own ideas and experiences to further their learning in Design and Technology. Concepts of design form part of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum, and Design and Technology continues to be a foundation subject within the National Curriculum for Key Stage One and Two (Year 1 to Year 6).

As children progress through the federation, they develop increasing independence and broaden their thinking about the design processes, including creating and refining their own ideas. There is a particular focus on researching, planning, designing and evaluating their idea and product, with an opportunity to improve it based on their evaluation. These skills are transferable to other subjects.

Design and Technology is taught through cross-curricular links relating to the topics taught throughout the year. There is a clear focus on raising standards in Design & Technology skills in line with the new curriculum. Children are encouraged to work independently and can select a range of equipment and tools to use. They are supported to test their ideas and persevere when things become more challenging.

To enable a wide range of experiences in line with requirements, cooking facilities have been developed to ensure all children access high quality food technology facilities on a regular basis. The school provides a budget to give children a wide variety of culinary experiences and allow them to learn the principles of a healthy and varied diet.

Spring 2018

Year 4

Before Easter, Year 4 cooked African food as part of their topic. They needed to follow detailed instructions independently and use a range of kitchen tools such as graters, knives and measuring equipment. The ‘red red stew’ was a traditional Ghanaian dish and could form part of a varied and nutritious diet.

Year 5

Year 5 researched the history of the Mayan mask and then as part of D&T, created their own.  The masks were made using recycled materials such as milk bottles and straws, which were then strengthened by papier-mâché and decorated with feathers and beads.  The children used their own designs to create some imaginative pieces and evaluated their finished products.

Year 6

As part of their residential trip to Holt Hall, Year 6 learned to gather forest resources to build their own campfire, as well as cook on it. After lighting their fire using traditional camping methods, children first chopped up and baked apples on their fires before learning how to gut and prepare fish – which many children did independently. Year 6 also designed their own tea using ingredients from Holt Hall’s herb garden and evaluated their creations.


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