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Design & Technology

A Yattendon designer ...

shows originality and a willingness to take creative risks, knowing which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products. They work constructively and productively with others. They carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions. They manufacture products safely and hygienically.

Through our Design and Technology curriculum and enrichment provision, we aim to nurture the following essential characteristics of a designer:

 

  • to shows originality and a willingness to take creative risks
  • to know which tools, equipment and materials to use to make their products.
  • to be able to work constructively and productively with others.
  • to carry out thorough research, show initiative and ask questions.
  • to manufacture products safely and hygienically.

 

The 2014 National Curriculum for Design and Technology aims to ensure that all pupils

 

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  • build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  • critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.

Spring Term 2018

 

The DT focus for this term is food.  The children have enjoyed cooking, baking and creating with food.

Food Landscape Day - The children worked in mix aged teams to create landscapes using food of a certain colour. The results were IMPRESSIVE!

Food Landscape Day - The children worked in mix aged teams to create landscapes using food of a certain colour. The results were IMPRESSIVE! 1
Food Landscape Day - The children worked in mix aged teams to create landscapes using food of a certain colour. The results were IMPRESSIVE! 2
Food Landscape Day - The children worked in mix aged teams to create landscapes using food of a certain colour. The results were IMPRESSIVE! 3

Some ideas for DT projects at home!

 

Design and make models

Age range: EYFS
What you do: Explain to your child that they are going to build a house using boxes and other materials. First though, they need to design the house. Explain that before a house can be built, an architect has to draw what is to be built. They are to be architects! Let them draw the house then build their design. (If they’re using cereal boxes, turn them inside out if they want to paint them, that way the paint will stick.) Afterwards ask them what they like or dislike about the end result.
They're learning about... Drawing and making models and reflecting on their work.
At school they might… Do model building as part of free play time. (we welcome any recycling materials for our junk modelling area!) As part of D&T they will experiment with different textures and shapes and try combining different materials.

 

Make a money box

Age range: EYFS and KS1
What you do: You’ll need a box or can which you can make a slot in at the top for the money to go in. Together, decide how to create a flap through which the money box can be opened. Your child can then choose from paints, collage materials, pastels, etc. to decorate their money box.
They're learning about...
 Collecting, assembling and combining materials.
At school they might… Make other forms of packaging 

 

'Cook' granola yoghurt pots

Age range: KS1
What you do: Choose a recipe to use – there are lots online. Prior to cooking discuss what your child needs to do (tie long hair back, wash hands, put on an apron). Then talk about what you’re going to make, explaining why it's a healthy choice for breakfast or dessert. Look through the recipe together, modelling the reading carefully for your child before you follow each instruction. Afterwards discuss what cooking skills they’ve used (stirring, squishing, breaking, greasing, etc.). Eat, enjoy and discuss what has worked or not in the recipe, or what changes you might make to personalise it for your family.
They're learning about... Food hygiene, cooking skills.
At school they might… Do other cooking projects like baking cakes. Often cooking will be linked in with other topic work, such as Easter or Harvest Festival.

 

Make an egg cosy

Age range: KS2
What you do: Help your child choose a piece of fabric, then cut out two semi-oval shapes (two different fabrics can work nicely). They’ll need to use an egg to help them measure their fabric shapes, then sew them together, leaving a hole at the bottom where the egg goes.
They're learning about... Measuring, marking out, cutting and shaping a range of materials, and assembling, joining and combining components and materials accurately.
At school they might… Work on other textile projects as well as practising different stitch types.

 

Design a boat

Age range: KS2
What you do: Select and look at pictures of boats. Search the internet together; look at different designs for various purposes. Encourage your child to look at the materials that are used for building boats, any pulley systems and sails. Ask them to design a boat for a specific purpose (travelling, fishing, exploring), thinking carefully about the materials they would use, the way the boat would travel and how many people would be able to travel in it.
They're learning about... Generating ideas for products after thinking about who will use them and what they will be used for.

 

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