Design and Technology Themed Week – We Are Inventors!
During our Design and Technology Themed Week, each Key Stage thought about inventions and inventors. Most of the classes looked at Wallace and Gromit’s Cracking Contraptions for inspiration before creating their own helpful inventions.
After gathering ideas and determining success criteria, designs were drawn up and finalised. In some cases, prototypes were made, which resulted in designs being adjusted and improved. The children had to select their own resources, that best suited the function of their invention, and independently create their product. Once the inventions were complete, the children evaluated their products and thought about how they could be improved. The Year 3/4 classes had to face the ‘Dragons Den’ to try and sell their inventions to their classmates.
Year 5 and 6 teamed up and had to create some pulley-based inventions to transport tomatoes. The children’s inventions had to transport tomatoes from the garden terrace down to the playground as quick as possible and without losing any of the tomatoes. The inventions were very successful, with only a few of the tomatoes escaping across the playground!