Stanford School

Stanford Junior and Infant School

Living together - Learning together

Cooper Lane, Laceby, Grimsby
NE Lincolnshire DN37 7AX
Tel. 01472 318003
Contact. Miss King (Business Manager)

Design and Technology

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:

  • Exploring and evaluating existing products,
  • Sharing, discussing and evaluating their own ideas,
  • Using design criteria,
  • Designing purposeful, functional and appealing products,
  • Selecting from and using a range of tools and equipment appropriate to the task,
  • Selecting from and using a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics,
  • Evaluating theirs and others’ products using the original design criteria.
  • Presenting their products to others, sometimes marketing and selling them for profit.

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:

Ancient Greek Pottery

Here are our completed Ancient Greek pots! We researched the different patterns and designs of Ancient Greek pottery and sketched them before we painted on our pots. We are very proud of how they turned out - what do you think?

Construction Challenge

In Green Bubble, Mrs Smith gives us different Construction Challenges which we love to make.
For this one we had to make an enclosure for our creatures. We could choose what to use to make the enclosure.
What do you think of our results?

Designing and Making Sea Creatures

Green Bubble have looked at different pictures of sea creatures and then designed their own.
They used different materials to build their models.
What do you think of them?

Year 1 Kite Making

The Sunflowers have made a great start on making their kites. They are using a great range of skills, including Maths skills.

M- We cut out a paper diamond shape.
G- We carefully measured the kite with a ruler to see how long the pieces of wood would need to be.
L- My pieces of wood were 22 cm and 17 cm.
O- I liked sawing the wood. I drew a pencil mark first when I measured, so I knew where to cut the wood.
A- Mrs. Bennett helped me join the pieces of wood together by tying some string.
A- I fixed my wooden frame on my diamond kite with sellotape.

The ‘Lady of the Lamp’

We have combined our learning skills this week to make Florence Nightingale’s lamp.

In History we have learnt about the work Florence did in the past and how nursing changed because of her.

In Design Technology we have used skills to join materials to make her lamp.

In English we are writing diaries in character as Florence – watch out for these – we will be publishing them very soon.

Baking Bread!

Star Anise class had a wonderful time baking different types of bread for a recent DT project!

We began with sampling lots of different varieties and evaluating their taste, texture, appearance and what they might be eaten with (as well as thinking about different cultural purposes of bread). Following this, we worked in small groups and designed a range of different fillings and toppings that we could add to a basic bread mix. The fillings ranged from chocolate to popping candy to garlic and chilli powder.

Once the bread had been mixed and baked we asked a range of staff in school to sample the bread and give it a score out of ten. Whatever was left we ate ourselves!

Can we make a healthier sandwich for Paddington?

The answer is yes we can! The Sunflowers all designed, made, ate and evaluated a wonderful selection of very healthy sandwiches.

T- I made a banana sandwich, it was yummy.
J- I had lots of tuna, it's healthy because it doesn't have lots of sugar.
H- My sandwich had fruit inside it. I put watermelon in it and all the bread went soggy.
W- I loved eating mine!
M- I cut my sandwich into triangles to make it look good.
O- I wouldn't put lots of pickles in it again, as it tasted very sour.
B- My sandwich wasn't very nice. I think it was because I put too much pepper in it.
J- It was fun making sandwich and I liked eating mine.
F- We used lots of skills like chopping, cutting, peeling and grating.
C- My sandwich was healthier than Paddington's because mine didn't have any sugar in it.

Pop-up puppets

Linked to our toy town work Seedlings class have been combining and joining materials together to make a pop-up puppet. They painted a face, added hair and cut and shaped materials to create a pop-up hat!

Can I make a carp kite?

The Sunflowers read instructions on how to make a Japanese carp kite. They used paper, wool, sellotape, wood, glue and tissue paper to construct their kites. M- I made my kite very colourful because the Japanese kites were very colourful too. F- I used a hole punch to make the holes where my wool would go through. L- When we rolled it up, it made a cylinder shape. They had lots of fun seeing if their kites would fly outside.

A- It flew really well in the wind.
J- I made mine fly up high in the sky.
A- It looked like a flying fish.
J- Mine wasn't very good at flying. I think it wasn't windy enough.

The children then evaluated their kite and discussed what worked well and what could have been improved.
T- I would have liked a longer string, so it could have gone up higher.
G- My fish broke a bit because I hadn't used enough glue.
O- I wish I had made mine with more colours. I think it could have looked nicer.

STEM Vacuum Cleaner

As part of our Design Technology topic, we researched different circuits and switches that are used in household items such as hairdryers and vacuum cleaners.

We trialed different materials that could be used to create our vacuum cleaner and fans, along with different ways to create a circuit that would include an on and off switch, as well as the option to suck and blow.

We had great fun designing, building, amending and evaluating our products - we also worked on our discussion and team work skills.

Below are our finished products - what do you think?!

Can I design and make a moon buggy?

The Sunflowers have enjoyed the challenge of making a moon buggy this term.

B- The astronauts can move more quickly on the moon if they drive a moon buggy.
T- Astronauts drive around and collect moon rocks.
H- I really liked making my satellite. I wanted my moon buggy to look real.
O- I liked using real tools, like a saw. It was tricky to attach the wheels.
C- I liked using lots of different materials that I brought from home.
H- I can't wait to play with mine. The wheels really move round.

LQ: Can I join materials by sewing together?

Today we have been very busy with our needle and thread sewing tree decorations for our enterprise craft sale. We were delighted to welcome lots of grandmas, granddads and mums for the afternoon’s activity. We also managed to practise our cutting skills and find time to read a story too. A very big ‘thank you’ for all your help.

Can I make a Shaduf?

In design and technology we used our designs to work as a team to make a shaduf and test it to see if it works. Afterwards we evaluated the designs and making process.

DT Evaluations
by Year 2

As part of our design and technology work this term we have been evaluating our castle models.

We thought about the following questions:

We thought you would like to read some of them.

Baking Bread

Following the story ‘The Little Red Hen’ and in preparation for our Harvest Festival we were inspired to make some bread.

Our hands and fingers were very busy kneading and rolling the dough. We looked at the ingredients needed and thought of lots of words to describe the dough including ‘squidgy’, ‘soft’ and ‘stretchy’ and how the bread changed once cooked.

Of course the best bit was eating our fresh bread and enjoying the delicious smell!

Pupil Voice:

C.M-S: We put warn water in so it didn't kill the yeast.
J.M: We put bread flour in. We mixed it with our hands - it was messy!
A.V: We used our hands to squeeze the dough.
E.A: We stretched the dough.
C.M: We put the tray on top of the oven where it was warm. This made the dough grow

Activity Day

What a fantastic activity day we had last week! After collecting so much recyclable material, we designed our castles using them. Firstly we drew what we wanted our castle to look like.

Then we chose the most suitable materials and got making. We helped each other out when we needed to – Mrs Smith said we were great at teamwork.

Finally we painted out models to give them a really good finish.

We will now be evaluating our finished models, keep watching our blog page to see these too.


Can I design and make a healthier sandwich for Paddington Bear?

The Sunflowers have had great fun creating some very delicious and healthy sandwiches for Paddington. LS- My sandwich has lots of tasty ingredients.

AM- I enjoyed tasting the ham and bread.
HE- The cucumber and had made a good taste together.
MT- I didn't like the lettuce, but everything else was tasty.
TB- My sandwich got all messed up because I put too much salad in it.
BJ- I tried some different things in my sandwich, like broccoli.
FR- If Paddington ate our sandwiches, they would be better for him, as ours aren't full of sugar

Can I learn the technique of weaving?

This term, the Sunflowers are exploring Peruvian weaving with Mrs. Bennett.

They have found out how to use a loom and create their own patterns with wool.

EW- I am enjoying weaving and have got the hang of it.
JS- I like the patterns I've made.
OB- Once Mrs. Bennett showed me how to do it, I could do lots of weaving on my own.
PR- You have to weave the wool in and out.

Mrs. Brady would like to thank Mrs. Bennett for preparing the looms and for teaching the children this wonderful skill.