Design and Technology

Design and Technology

Design Technology at Ellwood

Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art.

Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.

The national curriculum for design and technology aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
  •  build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
  •  critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
  • understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Willow Class visited Dean Academy 
Design and Technology in Chestnut Class
This term we have planned, created and evaluated our fire engines
Chestnut Class
Chestnut class have been looking what houses in 1666 were made from and compared this to modern houses. 
The children have started to make houses which we will put together to recreate a London street in 1666.
Beech Class - Mineshaft Pulleys
As  part of our local history topic Beech class have been looking at mineshaft pulleys, we researched these, evaluated existing models, designed our own then evaluated them. We reached some hurdles along the ways but discussed ways to strengthen our designs as well as adapt them to ensure the pulley would work.
Design and Technology Club!
Week 1:
The children used felt and a hot glue gun to make a Poppy
Week 2:
The children used egg boxes to create a Poppy wreath
The children used clay to create some Christmas decorations! 
Week 3:
The children painted their Christmas decorations and made Christmas cards
Week 4:
The children made shortbread! Happy Christmas !
Design and Technology in Beech Class
Beech Class have been investigating historical designs to find strengths and weakness in how their houses were built. We looked at how this impacted the Great Fire of London!
We will be making houses in Autumn Term 2!
Beech Class
Clay mines
Beech class have created designs, selected materials carefully when planning their mine. They then made their mines out of clay. The children were focusing on strengthening their structure using key vocabulary such as, stronger, reinforce and support. The children explored using the clay by rolling out their structure first and overcome problems such as the mine collapsing.