Design 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 made some fabulous WW1 trenches as part of their Fire! Fire! topic. They carried out research to find out how the trenches had been built during the war and then used a range of materials to create their trench in a shoebox. When they had finished, they evaluated their work to show how they could have improved it.
All classes had the opportunity to spend time at Newent Community School, using their fabulous facilities to cook a range of dishes. The children had a great time and even enjoyed the washing up!
At the beginning of the Spring term, years 5 and 6 took part in the annual Knex Challenge. Working in pairs, they had to create a model with a mechanism to lift and place an object. Our visiting adjudicator was impressed with their ideas and the team work skills shown. Congratulations to our winners Zhia and Astrid, who will represent Ellwood at the County competition later this year. 
As part of their South American topic, Willow class made some great rainforest animal cam toys.