Design and technology at Sea View
Purpose of study
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
The 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.
At Sea View the children in the Foundation Stage learn through first-hand experiences. They are encouraged to explore, observe, solve problems, think critically, make decisions and to talk about why they have made their decisions.
The children learn to construct with a purpose in mind, using a range of tools. Through this, the children will learn about planning and adapting initial ideas to make them better.
Creating beanstalks for Jasper to climb using a variety of materials including natural objects.
In Reception we safely use a range of small tools and explore a variety of materials and techniques. We experiment with colour, design, texture, form and function. We have the opportunity to explore how different materials can be combined to create new effects. We then share our creations, explaining the process we have used.
For our topic, ‘Come Outside’, we designed and made our own bird houses. We thought about what different materials we would need and what tools and techniques would help us the best. We also thought about how we could make our bird houses even better!
We designed and made our own mini beast hotels by combining junk modelling materials with natural materials.
We even explore designing and making in our outdoor environment!
For Red Nose Day we designed our very own Red Nose’s. We used Play Doh to shape our Red nose and then decorated using different colours and pipe cleaners.
In Autumn term as part of our D.T. lessons we learned about hidden sugars found in foods as part of our project to design a healthy snack. We tasted different healthy, tasty fillings and designed our very own healthy wraps! We prepared the food to go into our wraps and finally made our amazing designs into reality. Take a look at some of our healthy wraps!
In Spring term, we are designing our own William Morris inspired pouches. William Morris is our artist of the term and we have been learning about his amazing patterns. We have began researching pouches and the designs we could use. We will be cutting and stitching our own material to create wonderful pouches!
Researching, planning, designing and making castles
In our Design Technology lessons this term we have been looking at castles to link with our quality text, Robin Hood. We have researched castles and their features, designed our own castles and then constructed the castles from recycled materials.
As a cross curricular link with our Science topic of Electricity, we designed our own "Santa Traps" just before Christmas.
We had to design our electrical circuit and switch and decide how to disguise it and trick Santa into setting off our alarm system!
As a cross curricular link with our Science topic Forces in Action, we explored the impact of cogs and wheels. We then used our scientific knowledge to create the ultimate designs in Slingshot Cars. Based on our designs we set up a production line and had great fun making and test driving our cars.
As part of our cross stitching project, we have looked at various stitches such as a running stitch, cross stitch and back stitch. We then created our very own bookmarks and designs on binca.