Stanford Junior and Infant School
Living together - Learning together
Intent: The DT curriculum at Stanford School aims to encourage children to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts; considering their own, and others’, needs, wants and values.
This curriculum is very interactive, practical and purposeful to the child. We draw on the disciplines of mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art to design and make high-quality products for a wide range of users. These may include an historical figure who we are learning about in History; a group of people living in a certain geographical area; our friends and family as well as ourselves.
Implementation: Our DT curriculum is designed so that children are not only building up their technical knowledge, vocabulary and skills; but also learning how to design, make and evaluate their products effectively.
This can involve the following stages:
Impact: We are extremely proud of the achievements of our pupils in DT. Our pupils progressively build up their practical skills throughout their years at Standford, adapting them, applying them and shaping them to a wide range of products. These products are always used, relevant and meaningful for the children.
At Stanford School we encourage pupils to be aware of how key events or individuals in design and technology have helped shape the world. Wherever possible this is personalised to our locality and the lives of our community.
The pupil’s knowledge and experience is enhanced by visitors, school trips, workshops and themed days. Links within local industry are also made.
A snapshot of some of our Design Technology work:
Year 6 pupils taste tested a variety of foods from around the world. These included Italy, Mexico and India. These included different textures and ingredients, some of which the pupils were unfamiliar with. Thank you Chartwells!
The National ROAR Ceremony finals took place, via Zoom, with our amazing in-school winners 2022 Stanford Girls taking centre stage. Over 25000 pupils from 120 schools took part in this amazing project all across the country- all the final entries were amazing, well done to everyone!
Chartwells came to visit Year 6 to discuss healthy eating and demonstrate some recipes. Gavin, the head chef, talked about different food types such as protein, carbohydrates and vitamins. The children took part in a food tasting session and tried bubble and squeak. This was made up of chicken, carrots, peas, potato and cheese. This was all made up from food from the day before to show that you don't need to waste any food. After tasting the food, many of the children changed their mind on the food and enjoyed the dish.
A: It was scrummy and I don't usually like carrots.
E: It was delicious, especially the cheese topping.
Firstly we agreed to make fluffy sprouts. We learnt how to make pomp poms and have great fun making our sprouts to sell at our Christmas Fair. We made crowns and goggly eyes to the pom poms.
Following this, we investigated different ways to make a box to form the package for the sprout.
Once we had decided on our box we designed what our boxes would look like. We agreed it should show or hint at the product eg have a sprout cartoon drawing, it should have a sprout joke or message and needed to have name of who designed and made the product on the bottom. We had to work out which direction to draw the designs to make sure they were the correct way when we turned the net into the 3 D box.
Finally, we cut out and assembled the boxes. We will now evaluate our products and have to think about how much we will sell them for!
Year 6 pupils have used a variety of math and DT skills to create their Enterprise products- Wooden frames and 3D Christmas trees, to sell at our Christmas Fayre!
Measuring and calculating area were skills we used in Maths to ensure our frames fit together and our trees were correct in size
1st place- 2022 Stanford Girls- School Helpout Vending machine for pupils and stationary
2nd place: CFL- An alphabet board to support pupils in their learning
3rd place: Bee Hives- Creating Hives for the homes
Our winners will now be entered into the grand final on National Award Day on 7th December via Teams!
Wow! Our amazing Year 6 pupils have been entrepreneurs during this project, creating an innovative idea that could be life changing in the world!
Over the past 8 weeks, pupils have worked as a team to create an idea, design a logo and jingle and then create a prototype of their product! The final part was creating a presentation of their idea and presenting it to our judging panel!
Our judging panel were amazed by their ideas, presentation skills and teamwork ‘so much thought and effort has been put into their ideas’ ‘ it was so hard to select a winner!’
Well done Year 6, Mrs Smith and Miss Chilvers are so proud! One winner has been selected and will be entered into the grand final!! See the next post of our top 3 winners ⭐️
Year 6 pupils completed the next part of their 8 billion idea project by creating a prototype of their idea/ design, using recycled materials and resources. Our next step is to create an advert and presentation ready to showcase to the judging panel! We will keep you posted of their progress!
The children have learnt about the jewellery that Egyptians wore. Using this information they designed their own necklaces and created them. Aren't they great?
Year 6 completed the second phase of their 8 billion ideas project…. Ideas, ideas, ideas!
As a team they discussed different ideas that link with their problem and agreed on a final product that they will move forward to the design stage!
We were lucky to have Chartwells come into school to do a workshop on Food Waste. We learned about how we could help prevent food waste by carefully thinking about the food that we buy and eat. Some of the most common items thrown away are fruit and milk.
Chartwells showed us how these items can be used to make a healthy milkshake. The children really enjoyed trying this and it made us think about how we can do our bit to help the environment.
Pumpkin Class enjoyed making castles out of recycled materials. They had a busy time cutting, painting, drawing and finding the best ways to fix materials together. They also faced the challenge of how they could make their drawbridge open and close.
J- It was hard work cutting out the battlements, but I did it.
G- I made my drawbridge open and close by pulling string. I did this all by myself.
J- I think the turrets I made were too small, next time I would make them bigger.
M- I made a huge castle, it took a long time to paint it all.
J- I made sure my castle had windows and arrow slits.
S- I think everyone did a good job making their castles!
The children in Pumpkin Class enjoyed designing, making and eating their own coleslaw. Mrs. Christie taught them the techniques of; grating, chopping, squeezing and slicing. They experienced a wide variety of vegetables and fruit.
A- It was fun.
E- I like that my coleslaw turned pink.
J- I liked chopping and grating.
W- I liked the smells and colours of all the different coleslaw.
M- I liked squeezing the lemon.
H- I can't wait to try it.
E- I liked the look of mine and I think that it looks just like the coleslaw you can buy from a shop.
R- They were all so different and so colourful.
Pumpkin Class have been learning how to make coleslaw, reading different recipes and taste testing some shop bought ones- with mixed reviews! They have been discussing their own recipe ideas for making a healthy coleslaw and thinking about the different equipment and techniques they will need.
A- I sniffed them all, I could smell a lot of onion.
J- The best coleslaw was a lighter colour, I think this is because it had more cream in it.
L- I really didn't enjoy tasting the coleslaw. I thought they all tasted horrible. I think this is because I don't like onions.
E- I would put yoghurt in my coleslaw because it's better for you than cream.
C- I think adding lemon juice, would give it a better taste.
K- I would like to make a rainbow coloured coleslaw.
O- I would like to use a grater and a peeler. I think it might be tricky, but I would like to do it.
H- I want to add lots of fruit to my coleslaw.
E- The crunchy coleslaw was nice to eat. I enjoyed that.
H- Before the lesson, I really thought that I didn't like coleslaw, but now I do. I've surprised myself!
A God's eye (in Spanish, Ojo de Dios) is an object made by weaving a design out of yarn upon a wooden cross. We had a go at making them ourselves. It was tricky at first but once they got the hang of it they were really quick at it!
Each group designed a way of changing the basic bread recipe by adding extra ingredients.
We all had great fun learning how to make bread.
Once our bread was cooked and cool we got the chance to evaluate our different recipes.
This week in Cookery Club we made a healthy version of scotch eggs by baking them in the oven instead of frying them, and using low fat sausages.
We also looked at the eatwell plate and discussed the importance of a healthy balanced diet.
This week some reception children decided they wanted to make crowns. They selected the materials they wanted to use, problem solved to make them fit each other, worked together to help everyone succeed and were successful in their chosen challenge.
Well done to all those involved!
As part of our learning about animals, reception children are exploring crocodiles. We have learnt how to mix two primary colours to make the green we needed to paint crocodiles. We made a huge crocodile outside with wooden bricks. We also painted, drew and cut out crocodiles for a display. In the story making area we used wild animals to make stories about how a crocodile hunts and kills its prey. Look at the fun we’ve had along the way.
As part of our DT project this term, we tasted a variety of different types of bread, analysing their appearance, texture and taste. We then rated these and have them our star ratings!
Welcome to the new cookery club, tonight we used the rubbing in method to make our pizza base then we had to chop, slice and grate other ingredients for the topping. Everyone went home to enjoy pizza for tea!
A cartouche is an Egyptian nameplace which the Egyptians would put on a sarchophagus so a person's soul would recognise their body when they reached the afterlife. To make this the children used clay to make their shape. They had to figure out how to write their name in hieroglyphics and carefully etch their name into the clay. Our next step is to wait for them to dry, then paint them to look authentic. Watch out for the finished products!!
The Pumpkins have been very busy learning all about different kinds of castles. They have made a great start making their own castles out of recycled materials.
J- I have enjoyed painting my castle.
H- I thought it would be hard to make a castle, but then I found it all worked out really well.
W- I have found out that there are different kinds of castles and it’s very interesting.
H- I worked out how to cut windows and a door that opens like a drawbridge.
R- I am going to add bricks and a flag tomorrow.
L- I liked listening to a story about a castle today.
The Year 1 children designed and made their own animal castanets to play in their end of term performance.
D- I made a frog because I like frogs and so does Mrs. Brady
H- We put coins inside to make them click.
J- 2ps made the best sound I think.
M- It was tricky cutting the card.
E- I enjoyed painting my animals and sticking on googly eyes.
L- I can’t wait to take my instrument home and play it to my family.
Our DT project this term is based on a tropical rainforest creature - the poison dart frog. These are beautiful creatures who use their vibrant colours to warn off predators.
First we looked at different pictures of the poison dart frogs - they are all different bright colours and have spots & stripes on them. Next we designed our own frog & made a set of instructions so we could remember how to make them. After that we used our templates to cut out the parts of our frogs and we have begun to sew them. We will show you the finished products when they are completed.
We are busy making our Roman wallets, we are sewing our initials at the bottom of the wallet and then experimenting with how to tie the wallet together.
In Year 6, our Science Week project was inspired by the Perseverance rover landing on Mars!
We found out all about why we are exploring Mars, how we are doing it and discussed all of the components that are needed for a successful space rover mission.
For more information, please visit mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/
Firstly, we created a design brief, then built prototypes out of cardboard - this was much trickier than it looks!
Next, we are going to be creating our Mars rovers with wood, cardboard and an electrical circuit - we can't wait to show you the finished product!
The Year 1 children had to think of a different kind of sandwich with healthier ingredients that Paddington might like instead of his sticky marmalade sandwiches.
H- I put lots of healthy salad in my sandwich.
C- We used brown bread because it’s healthier.
W- Paddington’s sandwich was full of sugar in the marmalade.
R- It was tricky cutting up the tomatoes.
L- My sandwich tasted really good.
Barley Class pupils have been working hard both in school and remotely this week! Take a look at their plane investigation linked with David Attenborough’s planet lessons- fantastic responses to those working from home too.