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Design Technology

Year 6 Design and Technology

By Design Technology, Mental Health, Year 2, Year 6

For DT, Year 6 needed to make a product for a client.  Their clients this year were Year 2 children.  The Year 2 children were asked to create a character for their Amygdala (the part of the brain that controls the fight, flight or freeze reactions).  Their designs would be brought to life by the Year 6 children completing a textiles project to turn the designs in to a soft toy.

Throughout the process, the children have had to have client meetings to discuss designs and fabrics etc..  They learned about different types of stitches, seam allowance and different finishings such as embroidery.  With help from their families and friends, the year 6 children spent an afternoon sewing the products.

The Year 2 children have finally received their products and they are over the moon with them.

Here are some examples:

       

Y2 D.T- Mechanisms

By Design Technology, Year 2

This half-term in Design and Technology, Year 2 have designed,  made and evaluated a Christmas card for their parents using either a slider or a lever.

 

First, we investigated existing products that have sliders and levers. Next, we created a product specification detailing what our Christmas needed to be successful.

We decided that our Christmas cards needed to:

  • have a mechanism
  • be bright and coloured neatly
  • be Christmas themed.

Then, we did a practical task where we had a go at making our own sliders and levers. After looking at lots of other Christmas cards/images, we designed our own products using either a slider or a lever. We then made our Christmas cards being careful to colour very neatly! Finally, we evaluated our products discussing what we like/dislike and what we would change if we had the chance to do the task again. Well done Year 2!

 

Shell Structures Year 3

By Community, Design Technology

In DT, year 3 have designed and made cake boxes as part of their module on shell structures. We used Computer Aided Design (CAD) as part of our planning process, and learnt about the different types of materials that can be used. A big thanks to Staniforths at Wickersley for giving us some sample boxes to help us during our design process.

 

 

Design Technology in Year 5

By Design Technology, Year 5

Structures
Structures come in many forms, both natural and manufactured. Our own skeletons are structures as are trees and plants. Manufactured structures, including, bridges, cars, buildings and furniture are all around us in the made world.
Structural Engineers must ensure their designs are safe. They use their knowledge of construction, materials, physics and mathematics.

The purpose of a structure is to:
carry the loads for which they were designed
do so without collapsing or breaking in use
hold all parts together in position

Framed structures
A framed structure in any material is one that is made stable by a skeleton that is able to stand by itself as a rigid structure without depending on floors or walls.

Today, Year 5 continued our Design Technology Project – frame structures. We decided to make bird hides for Year 5 to watch wildlife.

We have already completed investigative and evaluative activities where we investigated and make annotated drawings of a range of portable and permanent frame structures. Then we completed focused practical tasks based on techniques for joining frameworks. Next, we designed and made a small scale frame structure.

He are a few of our small scale frames.

Today, we started creating our full scale bird hides.

Now we need to critically evaluate our bird hides against our design specification, intended user and purpose.

 

 

Year 3 D.T Textiles

By Design Technology, Year 3

As part of our D.T textiles project, Year 3 have been very busy designing and creating their own purses/wallets.

First, we looked at existing products, discussing what makes an effective purse. We compared the different fastenings/materials used and also considered the ways in which the purses appealed to the target market.

Next, we experimented with a range  of different materials to see which would be the most suitable to make a purse out of. We tested the materials strength and flexibility and also checked whether they were waterproof or not.

Children then designed  their own products for their intended users. To do this, they needed to think carefully about what fastening/material they wanted to use. Furthermore, pupils tried to make their product designs appealing to their target market by planning to use applique, embroidery or fabric pens.

Afterwards, Year 3 had chance to practise using a range of different stitches including blanket stitch, running stitch and back stitch. This helped students to decide which stitches they would use when creating their products.

Then came the making! Children made paper templates for their purses before cutting their material. They used their own choice of stitches to join the material. To make their products appealing, pupils used a range of different techniques including applique, pens and even embroidery.

Finally, we evaluated our products as a class, considering whether they were appropriate for the intended user. Children discussed anything they would change if they had the opportunity to do the project again.

I have been absolutely blown away by the end results of our textiles project. Everyone has done absolutely amazing! Here are a few examples…

 

 

Design Technology in Year 5 – Frame Structures – Making Bird Hides

By Design Technology, Year 5

Today, Year 5 continued our Design Technology Project – frame structures. We decided to make bird hides for Year 5 to watch wildlife.

We have already completed investigative and evaluative activities where we investigated and make annotated drawings of a range of portable and permanent frame structures. Then we completed focused practical tasks based on techniques for joining frameworks. Next, we designed and made a small scale frame structure.

He are a few of our small scale frames.

We thought about:

How we could make them stable?

How we could make them stronger?

Where were the weak points?

How we could reinforce them?

How we could improve the design?

We thought about the purpose of our project and the intended users.

Today we made our frame structures.

Now we need to critically evaluate our bird hides against our design specification, intended user and purpose.

Year 1 Design and Technology

By Design Technology, Year 1

Following our work on houses and homes and our walk to view different types of homes, we designed , made and evaluated our own home.  We had a focus on making hinges so that the doors and windows would open.

First we looked for hinges and found them in many places in the classroom, some Mrs Whyman didn’t even think of!

We then practised making different types of hinges and joins that we would use on our homes.

We then made our homes and evaluated them.

 

We also made homes from building blocks.

Y6 Design and Technology

By Design Technology, Year 6

Y6 have been working extremely hard during Design and Technology lessons.  They have been designing a nightlight for a younger child.  Part of their design process was to do market research so they prepared questionnaires for the Y2 children.