Welcome to our Design and Technology Page!
WELCOME TO OUR DESIGN TECHNOLOGY PAGE!
St. Francis’ Catholic Primary School understands that D&T allows children to solve problems, think creatively and develop ideas. D&T offers pupils a chance to use creative thinking and activity
within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. It encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. We are committed to nurturing pupils’ curiosity and creativity, as well as
preparing them for living in a modern world with rapidly changing and advancing technology.
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. Children 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.
Pupils have enjoyed practising their design and sewing skills in our recent topics ‘Farming’ and ‘Wind in the Willows’ Pupils in KS1 made their own farm animal finger puppets and Mr Toad Waistcoats.
Some amazing Habitat constructions in response to a homework task.
KS1 have thoroughly enjoyed exercising their DT skills in their fruit skewers project. Children took part in fruit tasting, planning, designing their fruit skewers. Then using their chopping skills to prepare their fruit and make their skewers finishing with evaluating their design. A wonderful unit that used so many skills and areas of our DT curriculum.
We invited a textile specialist into school to lead a textile workshop with our pupils during careers week. What a delightful and insightful experience!
The Great Outdoors
Our D.T. Curriculum doesn’t limit to the indoors we embrace any opportunity to use our D.T. Skills in the great outdoors and our picturesque school grounds. Ks1 and Ks2 have thoroughly enjoyed forest school days led by specialist teachers, teaching pupils how to use cutting tools, building, making fires and cooking.
We enrich our D.T. Curriculum setting 3D design and construction activities also cooking activities for homework tasks. The work is outstanding!
We encourage pupils to use DT across the curriculum here pupils have used their engineering and IT skills to build their own Mars rovers.
Year 1 & 2 Have designed and built their own 1666 Houses during our Great Fire of London Topic.
Year 5&6 Space Week: designing satellites to tackle the issue of orbital debris
Year 5&6 have designed a healthy balanced meal using the Eatwell plate as a guide. They were even allocated a budget and shopped for their own ingredients!
EYFS enjoyed designing and making their pancakes for pancake day.
Parlick class explored the taste and texture of different fruit and vegetables then created their own fruit smoothies using fruits of their choice.
Year 3 & 4 Creating 3D structures of the Iron Man and pop up books.
Year 5 & 6 designed and created their own Space Rover using Lego coding.
Year 1 & 2 used their D.T. skills to create their own fairy tale story book front covers.
Working with clay in KS1 to create penguins.
Design Technology used in EYFS to create engaging displays.
Cooking and decorating to inspire writing
Sewing and Designing
Parlick class have thoroughly enjoyed designing, sewing and decorating their very own Mr Toad jackets in D.T. for our ‘Wind in the Willows’ class topic.
In response to plastic pollution, Fairsnape reused, reduced and recycle to make a school herb garden…
Great Fire of London
Key Stage 1 constructing their own 1666 houses linked to our topic ‘The Great Fire of London’.
Our D.T. and STEM Greenhouse- Professor Sprout’s Greenhouse…
BEACON FELL GEOGRAPHY AND
Children in Fairsnape, made their own sandwiches (after learning about healthy eating) and headed up the fell – sandwiches in hand! After filling their stomachs, we set off on a hike, following the map and tracks, the children collected items from their scavenger hunt list. A range of different leaves, sticks and stones were collected along the way as we looked at the signs of Autumn across the beautiful Fell. Staff and children had a great time and learnt so much!
NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2019! LEGO EDUCATION WEDO 2.0 STEM RESOURCE
Combining DT, engineering, computing, science, maths as well as English – this is the way for children to really learn! This is a big investment and move forward in how children access education! Creativity has always been at the core of what we do at St. Francis and we are very excited to integrate this amazing resource into our curriculum across both KS1 and KS2.
Our fabulous sailing boats made with recycled materials
Year 5&6 have been making some fantastic rollercoasters for the theme parks they have been busy planning and designing using their maths skills.