Welcome to our design and technology page.
At the Grove, design and technology has a key part to play in our cross-curricular approach to learning and draws on a variety of curriculum areas such as science, computing, maths, art and engineering. Children’s skills are developed through creativity where they design, make and evaluate products to solve real and relevant problems. They have to take the context into consideration as well as the wants and needs of themselves and others.
Design and technology is taught throughout the year and brings together many aspects of the curriculum in each of our topics. Cooking and nutrition is also an important part of design and technology and a result, cooking is frequently part of our learning. This is often weekly as well as part of special ‘topic’ days.
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!