Design and Technology
We encourage the pupils to gain the knowledge and skills to experiment, invent and create their own designs. We aim to support pupil’s creative thinking and problem solving as both individuals and as part of a team.
Within Design and Technology, pupils in the Early Years Foundation Stage have access to and explore a wide range of construction materials, such as wooden blocks and junk modelling. Pupils enjoy outdoor play where they can construct, using large equipment such as crates, tyres and wooden planks. They learn how to operate simple equipment and mechanical toys. Once a week, our pupils visit the ICT suite so they can learn how to complete simple computer programs. Recently, the children made links to different stories and used large construction equipment to build bridges, caves and houses.
In Key Stage One, pupils have the opportunity to access a range of materials, methods and tools throughout the year. This means they can use construction equipment to build their own structures and develop products. They also use textiles for them to shape and join using stitching and play with mechanical components when creating moving pictures. Year 2 pupils most recent focus was based on shaping and carving clay. Linking to the ‘Animal Kingdom’ topic, they used clay, carving tools and straw effectively to create their very own mud hats.
As a part of our termly WOW performances, all pupils become entrepreneurs to plan, design and make their own useful products to sell. Last year, our Year One and Two pupils focused on the global issue of recycling. Pupils explored the texture and shape of various recycled materials and brainstormed how they can reuse them. The children made items, such as hair clips and bags. The atmosphere was buzzing on the day of the sale and all items were sold!
In summer term 2021, Year 2 children looked at London’s landmarks. They then designed and built a range of significant landmarks. Their paid attention to the structure of the buildings and how to join different elements effectively. In Year 1 all the pupils used iPads to research the history of hat making in Luton. They then designed their own hats incorporating contrasting colours in their design. Nursery and reception pupils explored a wide range of building materials and used them to recreate places from our local area.