At YWJS, each child will have the chance to design, innovate and become a resilient evaluator. They will inspire their curiosityby 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 inspiredin order to solve problems and create solutions in a controlled, respectful and safe environment.
They will be taught elements of:
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.
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
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
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
We spent Muddy Puddle Day studying and building 2- and 3- dimensional shapes.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 6 - Pizza!
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
Here it is - the long awaited part 2. Watch our Mars Rovers in action.
Autumn Term 2021 - Year 5 - Mars Rover Part 1
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.
Autumn 2021 Year 3
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
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
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
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
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.
Year 5 made mechanical space vehicles in DT - Autumn 2 To infinity and Beyond
Who will win?
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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