Year 1 & Year 2 children have been enjoying their Design and Technology Lessons this term, investigating and exploring a variety of different vehicles before taking on the fun task of designing, making and evaluating their own 'moving vehicle'.
They have learnt all about wheels, axles and chassis and how they are combined to make the framework of the vehicle, as well as how to create an eye-catching body.
The children all really enjoyed making their vehicles, and are very proud of their final product.
Please browse the moving vehicles photograph gallery, to fully appreciate how hard the children have been working.
The children in Class1 and 2 were visited by an engineer called Steve from Karcher. He brought a range of moving vehicles into school for the children to observe and explore the different mechanical systems. This really brought our topic to life for the children as they were able to apply their subject specific vocabulary into a real life context. Steve developed our knowledge by showing us how a lever, pivot and linkage works on his cleaning vehicles. It was fantastic for the children to understand the role of an engineer and what's involved in his job too!
We can't wait to begin making our own mechanical systems over the next few weeks.
Year 3 and 4 were set the challenge of designing and creating packaging to contain biscuits or chocolates. In the first few weeks of the topic, the children investigated a collection of different shell structures including packaging. They took various packaging apart, identifying and discussing the parts of a net, including tabs.
The children practised constructing nets, joining flat faces with masking tape and assembling these in different ways. The next stage was learning about different ways to stiffen and strengthen shell structures by using the techniques of folding and shaping, corrugating, ribbing and laminating.
Then the children discussed and explored the graphics that could be used to achieve the desired appearance of their products.
With all of this information, they designed their packaging using a design brief, discussing the uses and purposes of their shell structures. The children evaluated their final product against the intended purpose and with the intended user, drawing on previously agreed design criteria.
Food Technology Workshops with Fun Little Foodies
We were delighted to have a visit from Fun Little Foodies. They talked to us about how to stay safe and healthy when cooking and taught us a range of skills. We had a great afternoon with lots of new experiences as well as trying some different foods.