Subject Ambassador: Mr. C. Storey
Link Academy Councillor: Ms. S. Ingwersen
Statement of Intent 2021-2022 –
A place where our children, adults and community can grow and thrive rooted in
Kindness, Fellowship and Confidence.
At Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary school, we aim to make Design and Technology an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. We provide the children with the skills and confidence to solve real problems, within a variety of contexts, applying their knowledge and understanding. Cross curricular links are often used as an initial stimulus, encouraging the children to use their own creativity and imagination to make the project personal and unique to them. The children will learn a range of skills through a progressive curriculum, that will equip the children with both practical and problem-solving skills that they can carry with them for life.
Opal Learning Zone
How confidently can you use equipment? – Today we have been using a range of equipment to create Valentines cards. The children have showing excellent fine motor skills as they used scissors and glue sticks to create a card for a loved one. Each child made a card and used communication and language skills to explain why that person was so special.
Cup and Ball – Following a lesson where we concentrated on old-fashioned toys the children were captivated by the cup and ball. This enthusiasm allowed the staff to collate materials allowing the children to create their own. The children thoroughly enjoyed their creative designs.
Maddie said, “It’s hard to get in in the cup. But I will keep trying.”
Amethyst Learning Zone
Which material will make the best pirate ship? – As we continue our Pirate Topic the children have been working collaboratively to create a boat. The children were separated into five groups:
Each group created their own pirate ship which was then tested out on the River Wear. The following day the children walked to the near-by bridge to get a perfect view to see how their boat managed on the water. The plastic pirate ship was fantastic at floating, this resulted in Mrs McArdle sprinting alongside the river in an attempt to retrieve it. Due to the fantastic behaviour that was observed by the community, all of the children were allowed 10 minutes at Riverside Park.
How do you make ice cream? – The new topic of Polar Regions has allowed the children to explore how food are made, in particular ice cream. Today the children worked collaboratively to follow instructions to make our own Oreo ice cream. The children showed excellent use of equipment and co-operation skills during the making process. Following that, we placed the ice cream in the freezer over night and ate it the next day. The feedback from the children was excellent, however the staff were mostly impressed with the cooking skills the children showed.
Sapphire Learning Zone
The Great British Bread Off – The theme this term for Design and Technology was the Great British Bread Off. The task was for each Learning Zone was to make a type of bread at the end of the six weeks. We started off by tasting different breads and we decided to make a classic soda bread because in geography we were learning about countries in the United Kingdom. We really enjoyed the process of making the bread and we won the competition against the rest of the school!
Vehicles – The children have been exploring moving vehicles. After investigating a range of examples, the children set off exploring and testing out their own wheels and axels. Next, the children designed their own vehicles and sourced the required junk materials they would need. The children spent time building and testing their vehicles and had a fantastic time seeing their finished creations zooming across the hall floor!
Ruby Learning Zone
Emerald Learning Zone
Phone Cases – This term, we have been designing and making phone cases out of felt in our Design and Technology lessons. After we created our final design, we practiced the different stitches we could use to create the case. Once we had made the case we added the detail using more felt and fabric pens.
Diamond Learning Zone
Mechanisms – We have had lots of fun in DT this half term! The children have studied and created different types of mechanisms to create their final piece of work – their Christmas card! The children had lots of great ideas that they were able to include in their designs.