Category Archives: D&T

Designing and making bread

Year 4 Robins have been designing and making their own bread.

We began by collecting ideas for our design by tasting a variety of different breads, looking at the texture, flavour and shape.

Then we came up with a range of different ideas to meet the design specification that was given to us.

After choosing a final design, we then spent the whole day baking our own bread based on our design.

A big thank you to Mr Brunetti for coming in to help us!

Easter boxes

Robins have been busy creating Easter boxes. They began by examining how packaging and boxes are constructed before designing and planning their own. Kaicie remembered the extra parts were called “tabs” so everyone had to remember to add these on to their drawn plan. Children decided card would be better to use than paper because it is stronger.

To accurately draw the cube template, Robins realised they need to use their mathematical skills in measuring and using a ruler correctly!

Mrs Parry provided the class with a flat piece of A4 card to create their boxes following their plan and designs. Children worked independently, discovering and overcoming difficulties which helped them to self-evaluate their creations; reflecting upon how they would improve certain aspects and features next time.

Here is a summary of class tips and advice, following the evaluations.

Improvements for next time:
•Ensure all sides of the template are measured accurately, using a ruler and beginning at zero (rather than the edge of the ruler).
• Make sure tabs are not too small (else they are too small to fold and glue).
• Fold the card accurately on the line (else your sides won’t meet together properly).
• Cut neatly on the lines (else the sides won’t join together neatly).

Robins also made a selection of pop-up cards which helped to practise their DT skills further.

House projects


Here are Year 4’s finished D&T projects. They’ve worked hard to plan and make houses for ‘A Street Through Time’, they had to incorporate an electrical circuit which you can see as camp fires and lights.

A special well done to Archie and Solomon for their excellent coliseum from the Roman period.

Home Design


This week we have been working in our pairs to make our design technology projects look fantastic. We finished the paper mache and started to paint them. They are all beginning to take shape and we cannot wait to share the finished products with our parents next week during parents evening.

Constructing a street through time


This morning our classroom turned into a construction zone filled with cardboard, scissors and masking tape. We were using our designs for the model houses we will be making in pairs. Each pair have been given an era in time and last week we used the iPads to design a house from that era.

We had great fun selecting the right materials for our houses and enjoyed seeing each other’s work develop.
We will be developing our models over the next few weeks with paper mache, paint and adding an electrical circuit.