Category Archives: D&T

Year 4 making DT catapults

Year 4 finished making their Ancient Greek catapults.

They spent some time last week making the essential preparations when they measured and cut all the parts (pegs, dowels and batons).

Today each group used a glue gun to stick all the parts together. They had to work well, as a group, to hold the parts in place, making sure that the hot glue stayed away from their fingers!

The results were amazing . Using a bottle top, they could place some “ammunition” in it and launch it. Some went really far.

Excellent effort year 4.

A special well done to Tyler who came and helped year 4 and then made his own catapult from start to finish.

Healthy alternative

Year 4’s task for cooking was to create a healthy alternative of something that is on the school menu. We decided to make pizza as most of the children agreed that it was one of their favourites. The children discussed how we could change a pizza to make it healthier and which toppings we could have on top. The children then spent time planning their very own pizza.

Making the stockings!

After designing the Christmas stockings the children could not wait to get started on actually creating them. The children were very patient and used their perseverance skills to sew the felt together to form the stocking itself.

The children then went on to decorating their mini Christmas stocking in the way that they had designed. They are all looking brilliant and the children are super excited to take them home for Christmas!

Designing our Christmas stockings

In DT Year 4 will be making their very own Christmas stocking. Before the pupils could start creating them, we had to discuss what they might need, how they would make it and what it’s purpose would be. To introduce the children to the topic, we have also read the story of the Christmas stocking all about St. Nicholas.

The children then went on to completing their own planning sheet and designing what they wanted their stocking to look like.

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.