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Design and technology Statement of Intent

 

Resilient          Respectful         Inspired       Curious

 

Designers at Yeadon Westfield Junior School

 

At YWJS, each child will have the chance to design, innovate and become a resilient evaluator. They will inspire their curiosity by identifying needs and opportunities and responding to them by becoming inventors and risk-takers. Our children have opportunities to be involved in projects to make products and systems and be able to use and stretch their creative, practical and analytical skills.

 

Using practical and hands on experiences, our designers will look at real life situations, contexts and famous designers and inventors to be inspired in order to solve problems and create solutions in a controlled, respectful and safe environment.

They will be taught elements of:

  • Design
  • Making
  • Evaluation
  • Innovation

Our designers will have had chance to create high quality prototypes, driven by detailed plans that have been reviewed, critiqued and evaluated against a specific criteria.  Our designers will be encouraged to constructively criticise each design, which in turn builds their resilience and respect whilst ensuring we inspire them and build on their curiosity by giving them a wealth of skills for future development.   

 

Design and Technology Curriculum Policy 2021-2024

Pupil comments:

 

Year 3:

"I enjoyed learning about levers and computers." (Lola)

"I like DT because we made these Earths in Geography and when you cut them open you could see the layers of the Earth in them." (Connie)

 

Year 4: 

"I like DT because we get to make mechanisms and make things out of nothing." (Ameliah)

"I like DT because we get to make things and talk about mountains and things on mountains." (Chloe)

 

Year 5:

"I like DT because we build new things and we find out about mechanics and machines." (Zak)

"I like DT because you get to make things." (Angelee)

 

Year 6: 

"I like DT because I get to experiment with tools and technology." (Lexie)

"I like DT because we get to be very crafty and in year 5 we got to make a Mars Rover." (Noah)

Autumn Term 2022 - Year 6 Skills

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We practiced some basic skills - hammering and sawing - and then we built a framework using straws and masking tape.

Summer Term 2022 - Year 3 - Sandwich Making

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The children looked at what constitutes a balanced healthy diet, then evaluated pre packaged sandwiches, for their taste, smell, texture and appearance. They then went on to designing their own healthy sandwich. The children practised their cutting techniques using the bridge and claw method and grated some of the ingredients. Later they made their designed sandwich and evaluated it : )

Summer Term 2022 - Year 4 - Making Electric Lamps

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A triple whammy here! 4I have been making a simple circuit for a lamp. The lamp was designed and built in their DT lessons (topic Electricity) out of recycled materials which links with their Eco Schools topic of waste. Their science topic is also electricity and their electricity objective was to make a simple circuit, a circuit with a brighter bulb and a circuit with more than one bulb.

Summer Term 2022 - Year 5 - Brazilian Masks and the Samba

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Year 5 have been making Brazilian masks. They have also been learning the samba ready for a big event later this term - so watch this space!

Spring Term 2022 - Year 4 - Making Tacos

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We designed, made and evaluated a wrap as part of our cooking topic. We are learning about the Maya and so our design had to include foods that would have been accessible to the Maya. We chopped carrot, onion and tomatoes then grated carrot and rolled it all up into a wrap with some chilli for seasoning. We enjoyed eating the wraps afterwards too!

Spring Term 2022 - Class 6G - Tinkercad

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Tinkercad is a brilliant piece of software. We used it to design a desk pencil stand. We could see the design in three dimensions. We could print one out with a 3-D printer (if we had one!). Here are some short videos of our designs.

Spring 2022 - Class 4I - Structures

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Class 4I took their work about Jorden Romero and their study of mountains into a design project – designing a tent to take on an arduous mountain ascent.

Spring Term 2022 - Year 3 - Muddy Puddle Day

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We spent Muddy Puddle Day studying and building 2- and 3- dimensional shapes.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Pizza!

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The pupils learned some basic preparation techniques, designed their own pizza boxes and flyers and then made pizza.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5 - Mars Rover Part 2

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Here it is - the long awaited part 2. Watch our Mars Rovers in action.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5 - Mars Rover Part 1

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We made mechanical Mar Rovers linked to our space work. We used our woodwork skills to create the chassis and really enjoyed using the saws. We also used the electricity work about circuits we learnt in science last year in Year 4 to create our own working electrical mechanism. It was quite a challenge to get the whole Mars Rover to move. There are two videos to this project - watch out for part 2 soon!

In Design Technology (DT) the children have been learning about structures. This is linked to our topic about Mighty Mountains and how Jordan Romero survived on the Mountains during his Mountain climbs. The children looked at different shaped structures and made these structures out of nets.

Year 3 children investigated levers for their Design Technology project. Using cardboard and split pins we made a lever with a fixed and loose pivot. We then designed a background picture and added a Temple Cat with a moving tail. Here are some of the things children said about the project:

 

"I enjoyed making the lever, it was fun." Phoebe

"Making a cat with a moving tail was lots of fun." Bobby

"I thought colouring the background made my moving picture stand out." Brooke

"I thought designing the Temple cat was very enjoyable." Emily

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Shelters

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Our topic has been Shelters. We looked at different types of shelter. Then we designed, built, and tested our own shelters.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5 - Making Souvlaki

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We designed some Greek inspired pottery, then we prepared some Greek food and finally we went out to the fire pit where we cooked and ate the food.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Basic Skills and Frameworks

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We have refreshed our basic sawing and hammering skills and then gone on to build frameworks out of straws.

Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Den Building

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As part of their World War II topic Year 6 have been studying air-raid shelters. As part of this topic they have been evaluating different shelters and then building their own.

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Summer Term 2021 - Year 4 Eco-Schools Energy Topic

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We researched the ideas behind reusing materials. We learned about electric circuits.Then we designed and made our own electric table lamps using recycled materials.

Summer Term 2021 - Class 5A - Brazilian Masks

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As part of our Bustling Brazil topic we designed and made carnival masks.

Summer Term 2021 - Class 5H - Brazilian Masks

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As part of our Bustling Brazil topic we designed and made carnival masks;

Summer Term 2021 - Year 6 - Fairground Rides 1

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Year 6 have been developing their Design and Technology skills through the building of working models of fairground rides. These 4 videos show the different aspects of this topic.

Summer Term 2021 - Year 6 - Fairground Rides 2

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Summer Term 2021 - Year 6 - Fairground Rides 3

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Summer Term 2021 - Year 6 - Fairground Rides 4

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Spring Term 2021 - Year 4 - Maya Culture

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We have been studying Maya culture. This has involved outdoor learning, history, food technology and a lot of fun!

Autumn 2020 - Class 5H - Designing And Building A Mars Rover

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Autumn 2020 - Year 6 Pizza Making

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Autumn 2020 - Class 5A - Part 2 of Designing and Building a Mechanical Mars Rover

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The Mars Rovers are now complete and running. When the pandemic is over we will try to arrange a trip to Mars to test them thoroughly.

Autumn 2020 - Class 5A - Part 1 of Designing and Building a Mechanical Mars Rover

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Autumn 2020 Year 3 Levers and Linkages Egyptian Style.

Autumn 2020 Year 6 Building a Shelter - final video

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Autumn 2020 Year 6 Building a Shelter - video 2.

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Having learned about shelters and practiced some craft skills we are here cutting and glueing the wood to make our own shelters.

Autumn 2020 Year 6 Designing and Building a Shelter - Video 1.

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Initial investigation of shelters, building small scale shelters and learning some craft skills.
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Year 5 made mechanical space vehicles in DT - Autumn 2 To infinity and Beyond

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Who will win?

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