Design & Technology Celebration
We are Chefs : Soup making
Children grow their own ingredients, understanding seasonal produce and the benefit of growing locally
Harvesting crops - Grow local / seasonal produce
Children learn skills of chopping, peeling, grating, measuring
Add ingredients to the stock
Add a touch of seasoning to create tasty soup and ENJOY
Enterprise opportunities: A real and relevant outcome - selling soup at the Christmas Fayre.
We are textile designers : Purse Making
Evaluating existing products - What does the customer require?
Designing - Creating patterns and templates
Using templates to cut the material to size
Threading a needle - building skills
Practising running, over and cross stitch
Proud smiles with finished purses!
We are engineers : Structures and Materials
Identifying different components and cams
Making a prototype in small groups
Planning own Easter cam cards
Making own Easter cam cards
Evaluating own cam Easter card
WE are chefs: Pizza Making
Recapping the Eatwell plate
Recapping skills from previous 'We are Chefs' unit
Planning our own balanced, healthy pizzas
Making our own pizzas!
Measuring accurately and combining ingredients.
Kneading the dough using the 'heel, flip, turn method'
Rolling dough into required shape and size
Applying passata, chopping and peeling vegetables to create healthy toppings and grating cheese to finish.
Baking pizzas in the oven.
Tasting the final product!
Evaluating our pizza.
We are structural engineers : tower Making
We are mechanical engineers : catapults
we are electrical engineers : torches
Evaluation of existing products
Making a series circuit with a bulb and a functioning switch
Practical application of circuits in a functional product
We are structural engineers: Christmas Lanterns
Applying our understanding of structures to plan aesthetically pleasing products
Building our structures by cutting and joining willow using elastic bands and masking tape to make strong 3D structures
Christmas lantern evaluation
Christmas Lantern Celebration at Christmas!
We are textile designers: Bean Bag Toy
After measuring and cutting the rectangular pieces of fabric, a template was used to cut out a heart shaped appliqué design. This appliqué was then hand sewn — using a running stitch onto the fabric as seen below. This is used to decorate and personalise things!
After practising multiple sewing machine skills using a piece of fabric, pupils used a running stitch to sew around the reverse side edges of their two pieces of fabric- ensuring a small hole was left to fill it!
After filling the beanbag, children used overstitch to seal the hole up in their beanbag.
After completing the beanbag unit, children evaluated their sewing machine skills and thought about any changes they would make if they were to do this unit again...
We are chefs: world cuisine - Stir fry
After looking at the recipe and scaling up the ingredients needed from 1:2, pupils prepared their ingredients by chopping, peeling and grating.
Children then used the hobs in the DT room to boil their noodles and fry their vegetables. Children with a meat recipe cooked mince and egg thoroughly before adding their vegetables and sauces.
Children were delighted with their extremely tasty stir-fry at the end of this cooking unit!
We are chefs: world cuisine - curry
we are chefs: The great british menu
Understanding seasonality and harvesting vegetables
Improving our knife skills
Making the Great British Menu
Enjoying the Great British Menu
Great British Menu Evaluation
We are mechanical engineers : cams toy
Building our own working cam
Developing our shaping and fixing skills
Exploring rotational and linear cams movements
Cam toy evaluation
we are Textile designers: Draw-String Bag
We are structural engineers: Building Bridges
Children study and explore different styles of bridges and how they work; looking at the advantages and disadvantages of each. Children explore forces of tension and compression building their knowledge as engineers.
Arch Bridges - Compression Forces
Da Vinci Bridge - Compression Forces
We learnt about the Clifton Suspension Bridge and made our own fact page.
Whilst exploring bridges, we focused on Isambard Kingdom Brunel - an ACRO Champion
Clifton Suspension Bridge - As part of the Bristol residential, we visit the Clifton Suspension Bridge.
We are chefs: ready, steady, cook!
we are mechanical and electrical engineers: chesswood festival of speed - Goblin Cars!
Building the Go-Kart following plan instructions
Chesswood Festival of Speed in full swing
We have 17 sewing machines that are used for textile projects in each year group.
Below are photos of Sewing club using them to learn new skills, design and make fantastic products.