Design Technology at Grove
Please click on the below links to discover what the children are learning this term.
Spring 1 knowledge organiser for Year 1
Spring 1 knowledge organiser for Year 3
Spring 1 knoweldge organiser for Year 6
Spring 2 knowledge organiser for Year 2
Spring 2 knowledge organiser for Year 4
Spring 2 knowledge organiser for Year 5
Spring 1 Term
In nursery this term, we have been exploring different materials like sandpaper, rubber and plactic to make a bed for the three bears and a boat for the Gingerbread man. We have joined our materials together using Cellotape and glue. We have also been practising our mixing pouring skills when making our very own gingerbread men. Have a look at how much fun we had below!
Spring 1 Term
This term, we have been using our senses to explore different characteristics. Using our small motor skills we used our sense of touch to thread needles and make models using junk materials. We have also been making our own dens in out outdoor area and thinking about how to make them even better. Here are some examples below.
Spring 1 Term
Our class bears needed some strong chairs to sit on so we have been trying very hard to make the perfect one. We looked at some freestanding structures around school to investigate how their parts were joined together. Then we had a go at building out own walls and towers and thinking about how to make them stronger by changing the brick pattern or making the base wider, heavier or by adding buttresses. We used different tapes and glues to join paper and card to make our own freestanding chair for our bear.
Spring 1 Term
In year 3, we have been making our own greetings cards with moving parts. We have investigated how different lever and linkage systems work. Using fixed and loose pivots, we explored how we can move them to alter the amount of movement on our mechanism. In order to make our greetings cards appealing, we used a variety of finishing materials suitable to our user. You can see our working wall and some examples of finished cards below.
Spring 1 Term
This term in tear 6, we have developed our knowledge of circuits and made an alarm system to protect a vehicle. We explored a variety of switches to understand how the operate before choosing the most suitable for our product. We know that an alarm system has four parts: an input e.g. a switch, pressure or motion sensor; a process or electrical circuit; an output e.g a siren or flashing light and feedback where the siren or flashing light is telling me that something has happened. Our previous knowledge of shell and frame structures helped us to make our vehicle and finally we strengthened our structure using laminating, ribbing, corrugating or triangulation. You can see some of our vehicles and alarm systems below. Scan the QR code to see a working circuit alarm.
Autumn 2 Term
This term nursery have been exploring design and technology through their deconstructed role play. They have recreated a kitchen and used this to cook delicious meals for their classmates. They have used boxes and bricks to construct their own Christmas scene, complete with a fire place and a Christmas tree. Some pupils had a go at making bird feeders and using these to attract wildlife to our playground. Have a look at their creations below.
In reception, pupils have looked at the roles of people around us like the police and post office workers and how they can help us. They have created their own post boxes and vehicles linked to their core text, ‘Things That Move’. Pupils were able to talk about which vehicles and toys would be safe for babies to play with. Have a look at some of their fantastic vehicles below.
This term, year 4 have been learning to design, make and evaluate a box to contain a special keepsake. They have learned to measure, mark and cut out different materials using rotary blades. They used laminating, corrugating and ribbing to stiffen and strengthen sheet materials and successfully turned a 2D net into a 3D product. Have a look at their designing below.
Y6 have been working on designing, making and evaluating a fairground ride using gears and pulleys. They have explored a range of switches that they can us in an electrical circuit to power their fairground. They have investigated the effect of different sized pulleys and how this will impact direction and speed of rotation and they understand how the size of the driver gear affects the speed of the follower gear. Here are some of their designs and workings below.
Autumn 1 term
This term, pupils in reception have been exploring deconstructed role play, using cardboard boxes and exploring them as everyday items such as TVs and ovens.
To design, make and evaluate a moving story board.
Year 1 have investigated moving parts in existing story books and designed and made their own moving storyboard using levers and sliders. Pupils had a go at making sliders and levers as a focused task and then chose which part of the story they wanted to recreate in their own storyboard.
Design, make and evaluate a trolley to transport tools.
Year 2 have investigated existing products with wheels and how they were fixed to axels with axel holders. Pupils have designed a trolley to move tools and toys around school. They used materials such as cardboard and dowel and used a variety fo joining materials like glue, masking tape and cellotape.
To design, make and evaluate a bag to hold a rock or a fossil.
Year 3 have looked at different designs for bags. They have completed focused practical tasks to join two pieces of fabric together using an over-sew stitch. Pupils have then designed and made a bag to carry their rocks, using the same stitching technique.
To design, make and evaluate a small scale bird hide
The pupils in Year 5 have designed a bird hide. They have designed, made and evaluated their models. They have reinforced a 3D frame using triangulation for rigidity. They have joined straws in a variety of ways to build a frame structure. They have joined thin-sectioned wood to build a frame structure.