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Year 2 were given the problem that Captain Cook is stuck in Antarctica with no shelter. They needed to create a freestanding structure which he could use on his expedition.
They used paper straws and sellotape to create a model that was strong, freestanding and joined together.

Here are some photos of how they got on:

 
In Year 4 we have have been working from a design brief. Our design brief was to 'create an authentic  Italian Pizza for a healthy choices menu in a restaurant'. We conducted research in the market and found popular pizza choices in restaurants. The next step was to, of course, sample the pizzas and evaluate them. We looked at calories in food and how many calories a person should consume (on average) a day. Taking all this into account we designed our own pizza. We could choose which base type to have - calzone proved a popular choice! We chose the toppings, cheese and sauce but we also had to make sure that it would be suitable for a healthier option menu. We calculated how many calories our delicious pizza would burden us with (Weight Watchers fans look away now!). Some children were flabbergasted at how many calories their tasty sounding masterpiece had amounted to! For some, it was back to the drawing board and time to re-think. Once we had perfected our design, we created an order form to confirm which ingredients were needed. After that, was the best bit! We made our pizzas. Mess haters look away now as 60 children managed to mix, knead and pull their ingredients into dough and add their sauce toppings and cheese. The pizzas were cooked and a taste test was conducted the next day.  We evaluated our pizzas and I think the children will agree... They did a fantastic job!  Gino Di Campo Beware!

The Great Kingsley Sandwich Off!

We practised our skills of chopping using the bridge and claw techniques.

We also used a grater to grate cheese and carrots.

We prepared lots of food for tasting.

Liam liked the taste of EVERYTHING!

Evie wasn't a fan of the olives they were too bitter.

In Year 6 we've been looking at shelters and improving them in preparation for Carlton Camp. One of the best ways of improving structures is triangulation. We were making photo frames. During the first attempt, we just made some squares; however, on the second attempt we used triangulation and they were a lot more sturdy than the first. 

                                                                                              David Collier

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Year 3 have been using textiles to create Christmas stockings. They have designed their stocking and used new sewing skills to join and decorate the finished article. Well done Year 3!

Year 2 have been learning about mechanisms in DT.

 

We made sliders and levers.

 

It was a little tricky but very fun!

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Y3 have been learning how to make 3D designs from 2D shapes. They had to make templates and learn how to sew in different ways. Can you see their concentration faces?!

Some children made bags or pencil cases. Ben made a packet for his kindle to go in!

Well done Y3!

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Reception have been doing some great DT work!

Teddy needed some wellies to go out in the puddles.

They investigated and evaluated materials that would not let water through to his feet.

When they decided what were the best materials to use they designed their wellies.

Then they had a go at making them with the materials!

 

Look at teddy's wellies.

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In Year 2 DT we have been making freestanding structures. We decided to make an enclosure for Sheila the kangaroo because she keeps escaping from Captain Cook!

We looked at existing enclosures. Then looked at the best way to make structures strong and stable.

In our sketch pads, we designed our own enclosures then we used lots of different materials to make them.

Some of us struggled a little but after we made them, we evaluated our structures to see if they met our design criteria.

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