Image of Reception: Muddy Monday
15 Jul

Reception: Muddy Monday

Wow! What a year we have had in Reception. The children have made so much progress during our forest schools sessions. They have improved in their stamina, risk taking, problem solving and imagination skills. We have loved seeing all of the children blossom and made the most of our last Muddy Monday session together!

Image of Reception: Our New Classroom
3 Jul

Reception: Our New Classroom

The children in Reception have loved our new outdoor canopy that was built last week. This has extended our classroom to provide an outdoor area that the children can access in all weathers. Our indoor classroom has also had a refresh and the children have loved exploring all of the areas!

Image of Year 1 D&T- Making Windmills
27 Jun

Year 1 D&T- Making Windmills

This week in Year 1, the children made their windmills. They had to attach the sails to the structure (that they created last week) and secure it with pipe cleaner.

Image of Year 3- Design Technology- Make a castle using 3D shapes – both nets and junk modelling.
26 Jun

Year 3- Design Technology- Make a castle using 3D shapes – both nets and junk modelling.

This term in Design Technology, Year 3 have learned about various features and designs of castles, including moats, drawbridges, battlements, keeps, and turrets. They have practised drawing their castle designs using 2D shapes and labelling the 3D shapes that will create these features. The students have constructed nets using glue to make geometric shapes and have stacked these shapes along with recyclable materials to build the structures of their castles. Next, they will evaluate their products, reflect on their challenges, and consider what they might do differently next time to improve their designs.

Image of Year 3- Design Technology-Constructing nets to make 3D shapes
24 Jun

Year 3- Design Technology-Constructing nets to make 3D shapes

In D.T. this afternoon, the children constructed various 3D geometric shapes for building castles. They cut along bold lines, folded along dotted lines, ensured tabs were the correct size, made crisp folds, and used glue to assemble the nets into 3D shapes.

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17 Jun

Reception: Outdoor Provision

We are so lucky in Reception to have a huge outdoor area. Today our children went in our immediate outdoor area where they were digging for treasure, problem solving to create a house, roleplaying pirates and creating an obstacle course. Some of our children chose to practice their running and ball skills on the MUGA and then some of our children used the outdoor gym to improve their motor skills. What a fun afternoon we have all had!

Image of Year 1 D&T- Creating a Stable Structure
13 Jun

Year 1 D&T- Creating a Stable Structure

Yesterday in their D&T lesson, Year 1 learnt about three different types of windmills (Windmill, Wind Turbine and Pin Wheel) and their features. They then discussed the meaning of a structure and created their own stable structure which was the base of the windmill using paper cups and moulding clay. At the end of the lesson, they tested their structures for strength and stability and concluded that the structure was more stable when it was heavier (contained clay).

Image of Year 3- Design Technology- Identifying features of a Castle
10 Jun

Year 3- Design Technology- Identifying features of a Castle

This term in D.T., Year 3 will explore castles in detail and construct their castle structures using materials like cardboard boxes, coloured cards, string and tubes. In today's lesson, the children designed their castles on paper and labelled a castle's key features such as towers, turrets, battlements, moat, gatehouse and drawbridge, labelling them clearly.

Image of Year 4 DT - Food Technology - Creating our own biscuits
22 May

Year 4 DT - Food Technology - Creating our own biscuits

In our food technology session we moved on to making our very own biscuits. When designing our biscuits we needed to think carefully about our targeted audience, our budget and adaptation of our basic biscuit recipe. We worked in our groups to create our mixture then we rolled out the dough and cut out our biscuits with a cutter. We then placed the biscuits on a baking tray and Miss Carol took them to the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes. Once they had cooled we then decorated them and popped them in our unique package designs.

Image of DT -Food Technology - Creating our own biscuits - Part 2
22 May

DT -Food Technology - Creating our own biscuits - Part 2

In our food technology session we moved on to making our very own biscuits. When designing our biscuits we needed to think carefully about our targeted audience, our budget and adaptation of our basic biscuit recipe. We worked in our groups to create our mixture then we rolled out the dough and cut out our biscuits with a cutter. We then placed the biscuits on a baking tray and Miss Carol took them to the oven to bake for 10-12 minutes. Once they had cooled we then decorated them and popped them in our unique package designs.

Image of Food Technology - Biscuit designing in Year 4
9 May

Food Technology - Biscuit designing in Year 4

In our DT Food Technology session we have been designing our very own biscuits for a targeted audience. First we looked at what a budget was and how much our basic ingredients would cost. Next we looked at what remaining budget we had from £2.00 per group and then we could decide on what extra ingredients we could add. The children worked really hard to manage their budgets and agree on what would work for their target audiences. We can’t wait to make our new special biscuits and add our own logos to the package design in our next lesson.

Image of DT - Food Technology - Basic Biscuit Making
3 May

DT - Food Technology - Basic Biscuit Making

As part of our DT unit this half term we are focusing on Food Technology. In this session we followed a recipe to make biscuits. We weighed out the correct amounts and then followed the step by step instructions. We used various pieces of equipment such as a sieve, spatula, rolling pins and biscuit cutters in various shapes and sizes. The children took on various roles to prepare the dough and then Miss Carol popped them in the oven for 10-12 minutes. The final product was delicious and we look forward to designing our own versions and adding different ingredients for a targeted audience.

Image of Reception: Forest Schools
16 Apr

Reception: Forest Schools

Our Ducklings love our forest school sessions at Whitehall Park! Letting their imaginations run wild is so important for their development. They enjoyed developing their gross motor skills too whilst exploring the outdoors.

Image of Year 5 DT- Pop up books
16 Apr

Year 5 DT- Pop up books

This week, Year 5 have completed their Jack and Jill pop up books. The children have created many moving mechanisms such as a lever and pull to make their books more interactive and appealing to the readers. The children will now create their own pop up books based on all the skills that they have learnt within these series of lessons.

Image of Year 3- Science- Making a dinosaur footprint fossil.
16 Apr

Year 3- Science- Making a dinosaur footprint fossil.

For our final science lesson on rocks and fossils, year 3 made their own fossils by mixing together 200g salt, 150g flour and 150g coffee grounds. Next, they imprinted by pressing dinosaur feet into the dough. The process helped them understand how fossils form overtime. Carmen also brought in some fossils from holiday to show the class.

Image of Reception: Stories Jesus Told
15 Apr

Reception: Stories Jesus Told

This week, the children in Reception listened to the parable, ‘The Wise and Foolish Builders’. The parable explained how you should listen to Jesus. The children enjoyed pretending to listen and not listen to see what happened when building a house on a hard and soft surface.

Image of Year 4 DT - Electric Torches
28 Mar

Year 4 DT - Electric Torches

Today was our final DT session where we evaluated the torches that we made last week. We looked at all of the components of our torches such as the housing, reflector and switches. Many of us said that we would like more time to decorate our torches and next time, upon reflection, we would use a switch rather than make one from split pins and paper clip for safety reasons. The children have really worked hard on their designs and have come so far since week one when we struggled to make a simple circuit! Very impressive samples too- well done Year 4!

Image of Year 3-Food and Nutrition- Making a Seasonal Tart
18 Mar

Year 3-Food and Nutrition- Making a Seasonal Tart

This term in D.T. Year 3 have been exploring food worldwide, recognising that food grows in different climates and identifying locally grown foods in the UK. At the start of the unit, the children made Japanese skewers, additionally, we were lucky to have a professional baker join us to create a delicious fruit crumble.  For our final lesson, the future bakers/chefs had a hands-on experience creating a seasonal tart using some of our key ingredients: mushrooms, rocket, kale, cheese, and tomatoes. Next week,  the children will evaluate their dishes, provide feedback and identify strengths. 

Image of Year 4 DT - Designing a product to fit a set of specific user needs
15 Mar

Year 4 DT - Designing a product to fit a set of specific user needs

In our third DT session we have been looking at how we can design a product (torch) to fit a set of specific user needs. We looked at how to factor in who our product is for and how our design must follow a success criteria. The children designed some amazing torches with lots of thought and effort. We can’t wait to start making them next week.

Image of Well-being Club
14 Mar

Well-being Club

This week the children worked together to make playdough. They decided to colour the playdough purple and used a variety of different coloured glitters. The children decided on an orange scent for their playdough. They enjoyed playing with it after and made tacos, wraps, houses, pizzas and lots of other creative objects!

Image of Year 4 English - Non-Fiction - Explanation Texts
7 Mar

Year 4 English - Non-Fiction - Explanation Texts

Today we started our new English unit with a focus on Non- Fiction -Explanation texts. We identified the key features within two texts looking at subordinating conjunctions. This unit links well to both of our science and DT units as we can work towards writing an explanation text on how a circuit works.

Image of Year 3- Food Technology- Bake with Jessica Sharp
6 Mar

Year 3- Food Technology- Bake with Jessica Sharp

Year 3 had the best time meeting Jessica this afternoon. Jessica is a professional baker/ chef who runs a bakery business from home. She shared her passion for baking, inspired by her grandmother. The children made a scrumptious fruit crumble, from chopping apples, weighing flour, to layering the pastry and creating the crumble topping. They also had the opportunity to look at pictures of some of the wonderful cakes Jessica has made over the years.

Image of Year 4 DT - Electrical Systems
5 Mar

Year 4 DT - Electrical Systems

In our first DT session this half term, we have started to explore electrical systems. This week we focused on what electricity is and where it comes from. We then moved onto making simple circuits with a bulb , batteries and a switch using split pins and a paper clip. Some groups were really tested as they needed to exchange their components a few times but we all got there in the end.

Image of Year 3- English-Use questions to open a story.
1 Mar

Year 3- English-Use questions to open a story.

Before starting their new writing unit, Year 3 were given a fun challenge. Working together in groups, they were tasked with using their imagination to construct something from the objects available to them, such as elastic bands, wood, hoops, sticks and canvas. The children were guided through a series of questions to help them brainstorm ideas for their story's opening paragraph. They were encouraged to imagine their creation as something enormous, suddenly appearing in an unexpected location of their choosing and for example, envisioning an immense car stranded on a remote beach or a colossal metal house situated on a zebra crossing in the heart of London.

Image of Year 1-Making a Breakfast Pot
29 Feb

Year 1-Making a Breakfast Pot

Year 1 made their breakfast pots (yogurts, cereals and fruits layered in a pot) for a friend this afternoon after spending a couple of afternoons this week learning how to cut fruits safely, taste testing a variety of fruits, cereals and yogurts and planning and designing a pot for a friend. They did a wonderful job and made sure that they only used ingredients that their friend liked. Well done Year 1!

Image of Reception: Imagine That Educational Visit
28 Feb

Reception: Imagine That Educational Visit

Wow, what a fantastic day our Ducklings had today. We visited Imagine That in Liverpool and had lots of fun! The children did lots of experiments with dry ice, made magical snow and made slime too. They used their imaginations in the roleplay area, painted a car, explored the creative area and made their own magnets. They were well behaved and represented the school beautifully!

Image of Year 1 Food Technology- Planning and Designing a Breakfast Pot
28 Feb

Year 1 Food Technology- Planning and Designing a Breakfast Pot

Today in Year 1, the children got into partners and had to plan and design a healthy breakfast pot for each other. To do this, each member of the class had to fill in a sheet containing lots of different fruits, yogurts and cereals to state whether they liked or disliked them and then handed this sheet to their partner. From this, the children could then plan and design a breakfast pot for a friend knowing that they were going to enjoy the ingredients.

Image of Year 4 - Science: Creating Potter Bots
28 Feb

Year 4 - Science: Creating Potter Bots

We began our new science unit this week with a hands on lesson. To kick off our learning about electricity we created our own potter bots. These were little robots containing a motor and batteries, and had felt tip pens for legs. The idea was to create a potter bot that would use a pivot arm to push it across a page and draw a picture. The class had great fun working in pairs to create and test their bots with fantastic results.

Image of Year 1 Food Technology
27 Feb

Year 1 Food Technology

Today in their food technology lesson, Year 1 explored two types of cutting techniques. They practised the bridge cutting technique and fork secure cutting technique. This will help them to safely and successfully prepare their fruit for their healthy breakfast pots as part of the end outcome for this unit. Year 1 also did some fruit tasting so that they could express their preferences with regards to which fruit they would like to be included in their healthy breakfast pot. They tasted honeydew melon, grapefruit, peaches, pineapple and dried apricots as well as lots of other fruits. They will be giving these preferences to another member of the class who will be making their breakfast pot for them.

Image of Year 3- Science- Making Edible Intrusive and Extrusive Igneous Rocks.
27 Feb

Year 3- Science- Making Edible Intrusive and Extrusive Igneous Rocks.

The Year 3 Scientists are having a blast learning about different kinds of rocks and soils this term in science. This afternoon, the children had a super fun and exciting lesson where they made edible rocks to see how igneous rocks are formed. They made two types: one that forms underground (called intrusive) and one that forms above ground (called extrusive). Then, they compared the two to learn more about rocks.

Image of Year 1 Food Technology- Cutting Techniques
27 Feb

Year 1 Food Technology- Cutting Techniques

Today in their food technology lesson, Year 1 explored two types of cutting techniques. They practised the bridge cutting technique and fork secure cutting technique. This will help them to safely and successfully prepare their fruit for their healthy breakfast pots as part of the end outcome for this unit. Year 1 also did some fruit tasting so that they could express their preferences with regards to which fruit they would like to be included in their healthy breakfast pot. They tasted honeydew melon, grapefruit, peaches, pineapple and dried apricots as well as lots of other fruits. They will be giving these preferences to another member of the class who will be making their breakfast pot for them.

Image of Year 3- Food Technology- Making Japanese Skewers
19 Feb

Year 3- Food Technology- Making Japanese Skewers

This afternoon, we kicked off our Food and Technology unit, exploring the diverse climates where fruits and vegetables grow. We then followed a recipe to create delicious Japanese skewers. We had some very eager children who enjoyed them right away while others took them home.

Image of Year 2 - DT
8 Feb

Year 2 - DT

In DT this week we finished our finger puppets! Last week, we; created the shape and size of our finger puppets, traced our shapes on to felt, cut the pieces of felt out and then stuck our pieces together using fabric glue. This week it was time to add the details of our finger puppets and make the characters come alive. This included googly eyes, mouths and some pointy ears for our wolves. The end results are superb and are definitely fit for purpose. The children should be very proud of the perseverance they showed to over come challenges.

Image of Year 2 - DT
30 Jan

Year 2 - DT

During DT this week, we continued learning about different types of puppets and how they are made. This week it was time for us to have a go at making a finger puppet. The children showed determination to complete the first steps of their puppet despite challenges along the way. Next week, we will add details to our puppets and evaluate our designs and making.

Image of Whole School -Design Technology- Christmas Fayre
14 Dec

Whole School -Design Technology- Christmas Fayre

This term in Design and Technology (D.T.), children from every class have been busy creating special things with a purpose. They showed off their creations at our school's Christmas fayre. Reception made cute Christmas decorations, Year 1 made Christmas-themed characters that move from a book, Year 2 put together yummy fruit kebabs, Year 3 crafted pouches, Year 4 made stockings, Year 5 created comfy cushions, and Year 6 invented their own steady hand game. Everyone should be proud of what they made because when parents and visitors saw the products, they were amazed! Each class did a fantastic job turning their creativity into awesome projects.

Image of Year 2 - Fruit Kebabs
13 Dec

Year 2 - Fruit Kebabs

Today was the day we got to make our fruit kebabs for our Christmas fair! We had a very exciting afternoon as we created our healthy masterpieces. The children loved designing their kebabs in previous weeks and now using their plan to create a yummy and healthy snack for the Christmas fair. There was a lot of temptation to eat them before the fair but we managed to hold off so we could show everyone our amazing culinary skills. The children put a lot of thought into the colour and shape of the fruit they chose so they were suitable for the Christmas fair. They should be really proud of their final results.

Image of Reception: Christmas tree decorations
11 Dec

Reception: Christmas tree decorations

Reception class have been busy creating their Christmas tree decorations ready for the Christmas Fayre on Wednesday. They will be available to buy at the fayre for £2 each. They look fantastic!

Image of Year 4 Seasonal Stockings Completed Part 1
11 Dec

Year 4 Seasonal Stockings Completed Part 1

After weeks of hard work, Year 4 have finally finished making their Seasonal Christmas Stockings and they look amazing! It has been lovely to watch the children develop their sewing skills and help one another along the way.

Image of Year 4 Seasonal Stockings Completed Part 2
11 Dec

Year 4 Seasonal Stockings Completed Part 2

After weeks of hard work, Year 4 have finally finished making their Seasonal Christmas Stockings and they look amazing! It has been lovely to watch the children develop their sewing skills and help one another along the way.

Image of Picture News Festive Fun in Year 4
8 Dec

Picture News Festive Fun in Year 4

Today, we took part in The Picture News Festive Fun 2023. We successfully completed the reindeer challenge and designed our very own stockings for Peter Bear. The children especially loved taking part in the interactive quiz and joke telling in the group chat. What a super idea! @picturenews

Image of Year 3- D.T- Christmas Pouch
7 Dec

Year 3- D.T- Christmas Pouch

This term for our design and technology unit, the year 3 Christmas Elves have been busy making Christmas themed pouches. Prior to making the pouch, the children have carefully planned their pouch and thought about their design in detail. They have learnt how to sew fabric together using a running stitch, designing the front of their pouch and decorated it by using fabric glue to stick on embellishments to give that wow factor. They have also made sure that the pouch is functional and aesthetic. They have also evaluated their finished products by answering a series of questions. We are super proud of the dedication and enthusiasm that the children have shown throughout the planning and making of these products. We can't wait to showcase our products at our school Christmas Fair.

Image of Erin’s Place Christmas Decorations
7 Dec

Erin’s Place Christmas Decorations

Our Reception class won a competition from Erin’s Place in Darwen where they have had the opportunity to paint a Christmas ornament which will then be baked in a special oven. The children have tried hard with their fine motor skills to paint the fine details on the ornaments and we can’t wait to see the final result.

Image of Year 6 DT- Christmas Loop Games
7 Dec

Year 6 DT- Christmas Loop Games

In DT, year 6 finally got round to completing their electronic loop game. They have produced some fantastic products with a Christmas theme and should be extremely proud of their work.

Image of Year 6 DT
7 Dec

Year 6 DT

In DT, year 6 finally got round to completing their electronic loop game. They have produced some fantastic products with a Christmas theme and should be extremely proud of their work.

Image of Year 6 DT
7 Dec

Year 6 DT

In DT, year 6 finally got round to completing their electronic loop game. They have produced some fantastic products with a Christmas theme and should be extremely proud of their work.

Image of Year 6 DT
7 Dec

Year 6 DT

In DT, year 6 finally got round to completing their electronic loop game. They have produced some fantastic products with a Christmas theme and should be extremely proud of their work.

Image of Foodie Friends Club- Christmas shaped biscuits
4 Dec

Foodie Friends Club- Christmas shaped biscuits

The Foodie Friends Club had a fabulous time today baking Christmas-shaped biscuits. Despite a bit of dough sticking to the table, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Using various cutters, they created biscuits in the shapes of stars, Christmas stockings, snowmen, gingerbread men, and Christmas trees.

Image of Year 5 - Christmas Cushions
30 Nov

Year 5 - Christmas Cushions

Today, Year 5 completed their Christmas cushions and added their final details to match their designs. The cushions look amazing and Year 5 have been incredible making them. Well done.

Image of Roman Battle Formations in Year 4
29 Nov

Roman Battle Formations in Year 4

In our history lesson this week we discussed why the Roman army was so successful. We looked at why they were so powerful and disciplined. We then looked at how they used manoeuvres and drills to create various formations so that they could protect themselves from every angle in battle. We finished with a real life drill to see if Mrs Gardner could get through the children’s wedge formation that they created with their own shields. Not one boulder (ping pong ball) got through so well done Year 4 - it was a huge success!

Image of Year 4 Christmas Stockings Commence
29 Nov

Year 4 Christmas Stockings Commence

In our DT session we have finally moved onto the application of sewing skills. This week we added to the front of our stockings using over and running stitches. We used appliqué to add further embellishments and some children even managed to add bells and buttons.

Image of Year 6 DT - Christmas loop game design
28 Nov

Year 6 DT - Christmas loop game design

Year 6 continued their unit by designing their electrical loop games. They began by developing a design criteria: - The product should be for young children and have a Christmas theme to be sold at the Christmas fair. - The wire design needs to be made up of one continuous line. - The circuit needs to be concealed in the base. - All of the components used should contribute to a fully-functioning circuit. By developing this criteria, it allowed the children to produce a detailed 3D design of their game with annotations.

Image of Year 5 - Christmas Cushions
28 Nov

Year 5 - Christmas Cushions

Year 5 have been continuing sewing their designs to their cushions. They have applied their sewing skills well and have made significant progress ready for their creative decorations to be applied.

Image of Year 6 DT
27 Nov

Year 6 DT

Year 6 started their DT unit by analysing existing games and toys. They discovered that toys serve more functions than just providing entertainment. They realised that they can develop gross and fine motor skills, help concentration, improve hand-eye coordination and aid imagination and creativity. These things were taken into account when analysing 3 real-life products and helped the children to decide whether they were fit for purpose.

Image of Foodie Friends Club- Making chocolate apples
27 Nov

Foodie Friends Club- Making chocolate apples

Today, in our foodie friends club, we made chocolate apples. After melting the chocolate in a heatproof bowl, the children pushed a stick on their apple and dipped it into the melted chocolate. The children had a choice of coating the apple in dark or white chocolate. To give that extra touch, the children decorated it with marshmallows and sprinkles. And, of course, there was plenty of chocolate licking.

Image of Year 3- D.T- Running stitch
27 Nov

Year 3- D.T- Running stitch

This afternoon in Design technology, the little elves have been busy picking their design for their pouch, options were stocking, star, bauble, tree or snowman. They are doing great with the running stitch, although a few need support threading the needle. They are super excited to reveal the end result at our school Christmas fair.

Image of Year 1 D&T
23 Nov

Year 1 D&T

In D&T, Year 1 used the plan that they created last lesson to create the backgrounds for their moving pictures. They had to create two backgrounds. One of the backgrounds will be used as picture 1 and 2 in their moving story book and the second background will be used for picture 3 in their moving story book. We had the sky for reindeers to fly in, skies for Santa and his sleigh to fly in, chimneys for Santa to get into children’s houses, the roofs of houses for Santa and his sleigh to land on and fireplaces for Santa to land beside and deliver presents. Next lesson, year one will cut the sliders into their backgrounds and create the characters for the moving part of the picture.

Image of Foodie Friends Club- Pitta Pizzas
20 Nov

Foodie Friends Club- Pitta Pizzas

Our after-school club was a success today! The children had a blast chopping peppers and tomatoes to prepare the sauce for their pitta pizzas. It was an adventure for some as they tasted olives for the first time, and reviews were mixed. I was extremely proud of them for embracing something new. Not only are they fantastic chefs, but they also excel at keeping things neat. The excitement does make them a bit giddy, but it adds to the fun they have.

Image of Year 5 - Sewing Practice
20 Nov

Year 5 - Sewing Practice

Today in Year 5, the children have been practising their sewing skills in preparation to make our own Christmas cushions for our school Christmas fair. The children have been practising running and zig zag stitches and being able to start and finish a line of stitching.

Image of Year 3- Class Worship- Can a robot do that?
16 Nov

Year 3- Class Worship- Can a robot do that?

During our class worship, the children discussed the advantages and disadvantages of having robots in our lives. Some of the advantages that the children came up with were, that the robots could clean their bedrooms, help them with their homework and have a little dance with them. The disadvantages they thought that could happen were the robot could get lazy, the robot could get bored or get carried away and throw a house party. We ended our class worship with a prayer thanking God for the technology enhancing our lives and the wonderful world.

Image of Year 2 - DT
14 Nov

Year 2 - DT

We had a brilliant afternoon, making our healthy sandwiches we designed last week. We prepared our ingredients by practising our cutting skills. Some of the vegetables were difficult to cut but using the bridge and claw techniques we were able to cut them up into nice sizes for our sandwiches. The children loved making their sandwiches and they were proud of their end results.

Image of Year 1 D&T- Can you independently make a moving picture on the theme of remembrance?
9 Nov

Year 1 D&T- Can you independently make a moving picture on the theme of remembrance?

In the creative area, Year 1 were set the challenge of independently applying their learning from their last D&T lesson to make a moving picture using sliding mechanisms. They tied this in with the theme of remembrance and made some poppies growing on the battlefield after the war, some soldiers moving side to side on the battlefield as they fought and continue to fight in the war and army aircraft moving through the air.

Image of Year 2 - DT
9 Nov

Year 2 - DT

This week, we continued our new DT topic for this half term. Last week we looked at our favourite healthy foods and which food group they fit into. This week we designed a healthy sandwich using some our favourite fruits and vegetables. The children will be able to practise their culinary skills next week when we make our sandwiches.

Image of Y4 DT - Seasonal Stockings Commence
7 Nov

Y4 DT - Seasonal Stockings Commence

In our DT session this week we have been learning all about Christmas Stockings and where the idea originated from. We then moved onto analysing the form and function of various stockings then we looked at what makes each attractive and which people would prefer. We can’t wait to move onto designing our own on paper next week and selecting what materials we will use.

Image of Reception: Remembrance Day
6 Nov

Reception: Remembrance Day

Reception have been learning all about Remembrance Day. They created poppies in provision using playdough, creative materials, felt tips and paint.

Image of Save the Date for our Christmas Fayre
6 Nov

Save the Date for our Christmas Fayre

Our wonderful FOSB will be hosting our Annual Christmas Fayre on Wednesday 13th December 3.30-5.30pm. Please save the date and come and enjoy lots of stalls, food and games. Our children’s Design and Technology products will also be available to purchase. FOSB are looking for stall holders and local businesses to donate raffle prizes so please email if you are available to help in any way: [email protected]

Image of Year 3- Design Technology- Running stitch
6 Nov

Year 3- Design Technology- Running stitch

The Year 3 class have started their new project in Design and Technology (D.T.). They will make a Christmas-themed pouch by the end of the unit. However, before making the final design the children will be acquiring the necessary skills for pouch-making.Today, the children looked back at what they learned in Year 2, especially how to thread a needle. Then, they practised sewing with a running stitch on a piece of felt. This will help them make their pouch.

Image of Foodie Friends Club
6 Nov

Foodie Friends Club

Today, after school, the Year 1 and Year 2 children in our 'Foodie Friends Club' had a great time. They made yummy cornflake cakes. The best part was when they broke the chocolate bar into pieces and saw it melt in the microwave. They had so much fun licking the extra chocolate from the spoon and bowl. They've decided that next week, they want to make chocolate chip cookies.

Image of Year 1 D&T- Sliding mechanisms
1 Nov

Year 1 D&T- Sliding mechanisms

Year 1 explored sliding mechanisms in their first D&T lesson. They had to make the car move backwards and forwards along the street and the bunny rabbit move up and down in the hat. They are working towards planning and making their own moving pictures.

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17 Oct

Reception: Cutting Skills

Reception have been perfecting their cutting skills this afternoon. They learnt how to hold scissors correctly and how to position our arms to be able to cut paper accurately. Well done!

Image of Foodie Friends Club- Year 3 and 4
16 Oct

Foodie Friends Club- Year 3 and 4

The children had a blast making mouth-watering shaped biscuits. They prepared the dough using ingredients like butter, eggs, and flour, rolled it out, and used biscuit cutters to create different shapes before baking them in the oven.

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9 Oct

Foodie Friends Funtime Club

The children had a wonderful time enjoying designing and creating their own healthy fruit skewers. They practised using a knife safely to cut the fruit and carefully placed the fruits on to the skewers. Everyone helped with the cleaning and tidying, then they all got the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of their labour.

Image of Reception: Owl Babies
3 Oct

Reception: Owl Babies

This week our Ducklings have been learning how to print and make creations using a variety of resources. We read the story of owl babies and then they created Sarah, Percy, Bill and Mummy owl. Super creations and paintings!

Image of Foodie Friends Funtime Club- Years 3 and 4- Cornflake Cakes
2 Oct

Foodie Friends Funtime Club- Years 3 and 4- Cornflake Cakes

Today, the children followed step-by-step instructions from a short clip and worked in small groups to make cornflake cakes. The most exciting part was when they got to lick the spoon and the mixing bowl!

Image of Foodie Friends Funtime Club
25 Sep

Foodie Friends Funtime Club

The children had a fantastic time making their very own crumpet pizzas. They enthusiastically took on the roles of mini chefs, skillfully peeling and slicing onions, as well as chopping a red pepper. It was great to see them applying the claw and grip techniques they've learned in previous year groups. For toppings, they chose their own ingredients, they had grated cheese, basil, red onion, pepper, and tomato passata. The most exciting part was when we put the crumpets in the oven. They were all amazed by how little time they needed to prep and cook.

Image of Reception: Elmer
19 Sep

Reception: Elmer

This week, our Ducklings have read the story of Elmer. We learnt how we are all special and unique. We then created our own Elmer’s using playdough, created unique marks on Elmer and used the colours to create our own elephants for Elmer day.

Image of Foodie Friends Funtime Club- Years 3 and 4
18 Sep

Foodie Friends Funtime Club- Years 3 and 4

Our young chefs from Years 3 and 4 made microwave peanut butter and jam brownies today in the Foodies Friends Funtime afterschool Club. The children worked in small groups and followed a recipe. They first discussed the importance of washing their hands and making sure the surface was clean to work on. They then carefully weighed the ingredients and made the mixture. They then poured their well-prepared mixture into a glass dish and popped it in the microwave for 5 minutes. They had an absolute blast and can't wait to come back next week.

Image of Year 3- Art- Working with wire
18 Sep

Year 3- Art- Working with wire

This afternoon, the children have been working with wire, bending and twisting it to create the form of a fish, using smaller pieces of wire to add features.

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4 Sep

Reception: First day at school

We are so proud of our Ducklings on their first day at school. They have all been superstars. They have been making new friends, exploring our classroom and doing lots of super talking. What a super start to their school journey!

Image of Year 1 Building Homes Jesus’ World, Our World
18 Jul

Year 1 Building Homes Jesus’ World, Our World

This week in our RE lessons we have been comparing the buildings Jesus would have lived in and around. We have built our own cuboid homes and made a year 1 village. We recognise that when Jesus was on Earth there was no electricity, houses were not made from bricks and they often had flat roofs and no glass in the windows.

Image of Year 1 DT Baby Bear’s Chair
18 Jul

Year 1 DT Baby Bear’s Chair

Year 1 have been working really hard today to try and build a chair out of only card and masking tape for a teddy bear to sit on. They have been making nine cylinders and trying to connect them with masking tape to create a suitable and stable structure. They have shown great resilience and kindness towards each other when faced with this challenge. Well done Year 1!

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17 Jul

D.T Club- Lion King Props

The Year 4, 5, and 6 students have worked really hard to create props for our end-of-year performance, inspired by The Lion King. They used cardboard to make masks, giving them special designs and paying attention to the little details. They also used paper mache to make African fruits and Pumba's prop. African fruits have been tied to a stick, which they found in our forest school grounds. It adds a realistic touch to the show. They have made caps for Zazu using real feathers from birds. They also used garlands to create a grassy environment using green ribbons. Together, we have created an environment that encourages creativity, teamwork, and doing our best. The children's fulfilment in creating props with a real purpose is evident, and their hard work is truly commendable.

Image of D.T Club- Lion King props
17 Jul

D.T Club- Lion King props

The Year 4, 5, and 6 students have worked really hard to create props for our end-of-year performance, inspired by The Lion King. They used cardboard to make masks, giving them special designs and paying attention to the little details. They also used paper mache to make African fruits and Pumba's prop. African fruits have been tied to a stick, which they found in our forest school grounds. It adds a realistic touch to the show. They have made caps for Zazu using real feathers from birds. They also used garlands to create a grassy environment using green ribbons. Together, we have created an environment that encourages creativity, teamwork, and doing our best. The children's fulfilment in creating props with a real purpose is evident, and their hard work is truly commendable.

Image of Year 5- Collective Worship- A Work of Art
17 Jul

Year 5- Collective Worship- A Work of Art

During today's class worship, the children explored a collection of art and shared their likes and dislikes. We talked about famous artists and then looked at Gustav Klimt's painting, "Lady with a Fan," which sold for a record-breaking 85.3 million, the most expensive artwork ever auctioned in Europe. We discussed what makes something a "work of art" and thought about the valuable things in their own lives, like family and pets. We also learned about Isaiah, who wrote a book in the Bible, and how he reminded us that we are all special and unique creations, like works of art, made by God's hand. We listened to a song called "He Made Me" and ended with a prayer to thank God for creating us.

Image of Year 5 Engineers- D.T- Disassembling and Reassembling tools
13 Jul

Year 5 Engineers- D.T- Disassembling and Reassembling tools

WOW! In today's lesson, the Year 5 engineers were engaged in an exciting hands-on activity as they worked together in pairs to disassemble and reassemble turbine tools. Before moving on to the practical task, they watched an instructive video that served as their guide. As they carefully followed the step-by-step instructions, the children learned the intricacies of each tool and examined their purpose. After completing the activity, they compared the two devices and determined how one improved the other.

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12 Jul

Year 6 DT

Year 6 have started work on their wooden bridge structures. They have made straight cuts to form the majority of their structure and have researched both softwood and hardwood to see which one would be more suitable to form a bridge.

Image of Year 1 DT Super Structures Part 1
12 Jul

Year 1 DT Super Structures Part 1

This week in our design and technology lessons we have been looking at different 3D shapes and seeing which shape is the strongest. The children have enjoyed testing the shapes and finding out that the cylinder was the strongest shape because it has no corners. We then started a super structure in teams using card and masking tape.

Image of Year 1 DT Super Structures Lesson 2
12 Jul

Year 1 DT Super Structures Lesson 2

Year 1 have now finished their super structures in their second design and technology lesson using lots of cylinders. They are now ready to test the strength and stability of their finished structure.

Image of Year 1 DT Testing our Super Structures
12 Jul

Year 1 DT Testing our Super Structures

Year 1 have really enjoyed testing their super structures today with heavy objects and celebrating their successes as a team.

Image of Year 6 DT
11 Jul

Year 6 DT

In DT, year 6 have been constructing a truss bridges out of spaghetti. We found that it is a very strong bridge due to the use of triangles and the weight being spread evenly, but also suggested some improvements in the following areas: strength, accuracy, quality of the joints and how it could be made more aesthetically pleasing.

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11 Jul

Year 5- D.T- How does a vacuum cleaner work?

The children in the class had a really interesting time trying out the Dyson V12 Detect Slim Animal™ vacuum cleaner. Before trying out the vacuum cleaner we watched a video that explained its design and specifications. It was really interesting to see how the vacuum was made and learn about its special features. It was fascinating to see that many of them had never used a vacuum cleaner before. The children took turns doing different things with the vacuum, like cleaning up different kinds of debris, going around obstacles, changing the height, and using it on different surfaces.

Image of Year 1 DT Exploring Stability
3 Jul

Year 1 DT Exploring Stability

Year 1 used playdough, card and rulers to measure the stability of different 3D shapes in partners during their DT lesson today. They looked at spheres, cubes, pyramids and cuboids and tried to measure the height at which these objects would roll down a piece of card. We compared the results in class and they were then set a challenge to create a small standing structure using the playdough and the knowledge of the 3D shapes they had investigated.

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29 Jun

Year 5- D.T- Understand the different types of Engineers

This term in Design and Technology, Year 5 will focus on learning about Dyson and its innovations. We have received an engineering box from Dyson, The Engineering Box includes a Dyson V12 Detect Slim Animal™ Vacuum, Tangle-free Turbine Heads, and Anti-tangle screw heads. Over the next few weeks, Year 5 will take these apart, using the screwdrivers provided, to better understand how the technology works. Today, the class had the opportunity to explore various types of engineering careers and understand how these professionals contribute to technology development.

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15 Jun

Year 5- Food Technology- Serve a Greek Salad

A few weeks ago, the children learned three important food skills: the bridge hold, claw grip, and grating. Today, they put their skills to use and prepared a Greek salad for a friend to take home and enjoy as a side dish with their tea. They washed their hands and gathered the ingredients such as tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese, and lettuce. The children are excited to share their creations, and tomorrow, we will evaluate our salad to see how well we did.

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25 May

Year 2 - Windmills

During our year 2 DT unit the children have been exploring the use of different materials to build their structures of the windmills. They have used lots of techniques and materials to test and evaluate base structures.

Image of Year 2 - DT Windmills
25 May

Year 2 - DT Windmills

During our year 2 DT unit the children have been exploring the use of different materials to build their structures of the windmills. They have used lots of techniques and materials to test and evaluate base structures.

Image of Year 5- Food Skills
18 May

Year 5- Food Skills

In Food Technology, the children practised food preparation skills (bridge hold, claw grip and grating) this afternoon.

Image of Year 2 - Wacky Windmills
18 May

Year 2 - Wacky Windmills

During our DT unit, year 2 have been designing and looking at structures to build their own windmills. The children have looked at a variety of windmills and have started to design structures and windmill concepts to design their final pieces looking at all types of materials.

Image of Year 2 - Windmills
11 May

Year 2 - Windmills

For our Design & Technology unit year 2 have been exploring the functions and structure of lots of different types of windmills. We looked at all the functions individually and carefully looked at each one in order to build that knowledge to design and create our own windmill.

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5 May

Be a Baker Part 1 - Making the Dough

As part of Be a Baker unit, in our first practical session, we made the bread dough. We kneaded and folded it to make it nice and smooth. Then we left it to prove over lunch. We can’t wait to make it!

Image of Be a Baker Part 2 - Bread Making and Cooking
5 May

Be a Baker Part 2 - Bread Making and Cooking

Be a Baker Part 2 when we rolled our bread into different shapes such as plaited, cottage, hedgehog and knotted. We then popped them in the oven for twelve minutes and voila! Amazing results Year 4.

Image of Year 5- Class Worship-  The Coronation of King Charles III
3 May

Year 5- Class Worship- The Coronation of King Charles III

During class worship this morning, the children watched a short film all about the coronation. We joined Elysha on a journey with her friend to discover the history and importance of the Coronation, the role of the King, and the importance of the Monarchy around the world. The children also learnt that Constance Spry invented the coronation chicken in 1953. She was also asked to arrange the flowers in Westminster Abbey and along the route for Queen Elizabeth's coronation. We spoke about mutual respect and tolerance to the lives and beliefs of others. We ended the class worship with a prayer, thanking God for all the wonderful things we can celebrate.

Image of Year 5- Food Technology- Visiting the Herb Garden at Whitehall Park
3 May

Year 5- Food Technology- Visiting the Herb Garden at Whitehall Park

We visited the herb garden at Whitehall Park to give us some inspiration for our salad. The children were amazed by the variety of seeds planted. Some of The things the children saw were spuds, garlic, ginger, spring onions, fenugreek, mint, strawberries, and spring onions and garlic.

Image of Year 5- Food Technology- Researching the different types of salads
27 Apr

Year 5- Food Technology- Researching the different types of salads

In D.T this afternoon, the children have been using the internet (BBC FOOD) to research a selection of different salads, recording their ingredients and the food groups where the ingredients belong.

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27 Apr

Year 6 DT

In DT, year 6 have been investigating beam and arch bridges. They have been looking at how these types of bridges can be reinforced in order to make it stronger. They found out that adding an arch to their design made the structure considerably stronger.

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27 Apr

Year 6 DT

In their second DT session on structures, year 6 focused on truss bridges. They found out that the simple triangle can make such a difference to the strength of a bridge as it shares the weight out evenly. They had lots of fun making their own truss bridges out of spaghetti, but will start to look at the importance of using the right material for the job and why spaghetti probably isn’t the best choice.

Image of Charlotte from Elektec visit: EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2
25 Apr

Charlotte from Elektec visit: EYFS, Year 1 and Year 2

Charlotte from Elektec came to visit Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 today. The children watched a video to show how electricity is made. The children found out how electricity is made in a power station and the pylons help to carry the electricity to our houses. Charlotte asked the children what happens if you touch electricity. James said that you could get electrocuted which is absolutely right. Charlotte showed a photograph and the children had to guess what it was. Well done to Eliza who explained they are solar panels. Charlotte explained how they work and how sunlight heats the solar panels to make electricity. Charlotte also showed an electric car and showed a charging point. Charlotte explained that we will need to have a lot of electricians to help install the charging points and solar panels. Charlotte explained that Elektec is managed by herself and her husband. Charlotte and Carl’s children also work for the company and create videos. Charlotte shared a video of her Electots explaining what their company does. The Prince’s trust has helped set the company up and Charlotte has even met the king! Tristen, Sofia, Ella-Grace and Harry helped Charlotte to show how electricians keep safe. Glasses protect our eyes, a hard hat protects our head, a high vis jacket is worn so that everybody can see the electrician and a warning sign is used when an electrician is working on site to keep everybody safe. Charlotte showed a picture of the electricians that work in her company who are all men! This makes Charlotte sad and she explained to the children that girls can be just as good as boys and girls can be electricians too. Charlotte explained that to be an electrician you have to be good at Maths, be friendly, be good at puzzles, be able to follow the rules and be able to stay safe. Charlotte discussed what construction meant and she showed how a new house is built and the people who are involved from architects to decorators. Again, there aren’t many girls who work in construction. Charlotte shared her book called ‘When I grow up’ which explains how you can be anything that you want to be. Thank you so much to Charlotte for visiting, we had a wonderful time and left feeling inspired.

Image of Charlotte from Elektec- D.T- Year 6, Year 5, Year 4 and Year 3
25 Apr

Charlotte from Elektec- D.T- Year 6, Year 5, Year 4 and Year 3

Charlotte from Eeltkec delivered a great talk about the importance of encouraging women to become electricians and the various types of jobs that electricians can do. She also highlighted the importance of safety when working on construction sites, as well as the value of education in becoming a successful engineer, plasterer, architect, or electrician. It was also great to hear about efforts to promote gender diversity in traditionally male-dominated fields. The children were actively engaged in the assembly and asked lots of great questions. Charlotte shared that meeting the King is definitely a noteworthy achievement. It's great that Charlotte was able to share her success story with the children and motivate them to strive for their own achievements and goals.

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21 Apr

DT - Be a Baker in Year 4

In DT this morning, we started our new Food Technology unit - Be a Baker. We sampled 7 different types of bread and evaluated the appearance and taste. We then found the country of origin using a laptop and world map to add the countries to.

Image of Year 1- fruit and yogurt pots in D.T.
6 Apr

Year 1- fruit and yogurt pots in D.T.

After food tasting and designing our yogurt pots today was the day we got to make them and eat them! We’ve had such an great time making them and an even better time eating them!

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4 Apr

Year 3 DT

Year 3 have completed their DT practical work today, after previous lessons thinking about what makes a composite meal, then planning our healthy sandwich, we have compiled all of our knowledge and made our own sandwiches. I think you will agree they look absolutely delicious, well done Year 3!

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31 Mar

Year 4 DT Designing and Making Alarms

In our final DT session, we finished making our alarms and then went on to evaluate the process. We looked at what we enjoyed most/least, overcoming problems, changes to make a successful system and what we might do differently next time.

Image of Year 1 DT Healthy and unhealthy foods Walk to Sainsburys
31 Mar

Year 1 DT Healthy and unhealthy foods Walk to Sainsburys

Today Year 1 walked to a local supermarket to look at different types of foods that are unhealthy and healthy for breakfast. In design and technology lessons we are looking at different types of breakfast foods and where foods come from. The children enjoyed finding different types of food in the aisles in Sainsburys and seeing the variation of products on offer. They had a super walk in their wellies where we got a better look at India Mill chimney and even got to go down the slide in the park on the way home too.

Image of Year 6- The Lion King in the West End
25 Mar

Year 6- The Lion King in the West End

Our Year 6 class and other members of our performing arts club, will be performing their own version of the Lion King at the end of the year. What better way to get some inspiration and tips than to watch The Lion King in the West End at the Lyceum Theatre. All of the children and staff thoroughly enjoyed the performance and were fascinated by the imaginative set changes, amazing costumes and fabulous acting, dancing and singing. We are full of ideas and inspiration for our Lion along production now and can’t wait to perform it.

Image of DT in Year 4 - Designing and Making an Alarm System
24 Mar

DT in Year 4 - Designing and Making an Alarm System

In our DT session today, we have finished our alarm designs and started to created them by gathering all of the relevant components for the circuit. We thought really carefully about electrical safety, how to make an effective design and what to do if something goes wrong.

Image of Year 4 - Circuits Dance
23 Mar

Year 4 - Circuits Dance

We are having great fun putting together our Year 4 dance routine. We are taking inspiration from our science and DT work on circuits.

Image of Year 5- Science- Egg Zip Line Challenge
23 Mar

Year 5- Science- Egg Zip Line Challenge

The Year 5 scientists had a fun science afternoon. They made parachutes to learn about air resistance and tried out egg zip lines. They made special harnesses using pipe cleaners to safely transport eggs down the zip wire. It was a great way for them to learn about science and engineering whist having fun!

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22 Mar

Year 3 Food Technology: Savoury Cracker

In Design and Technology, Year 3 have been practising their cutting, slicing and spreading skills in preparation for making our own sandwiches. We prepared our own savoury crackers and thought about how we need to get ready to cook, by washing our hands and getting our ingredients ready. Before preparing our crackers, we learnt about using the bridge cut and claw grip, to ensure we are cutting and slicing safely.

Image of Year 4 Design & Technology - Designing an alarm
16 Mar

Year 4 Design & Technology - Designing an alarm

In DT today, we have been designing our very own alarm system with a push to make it a push to break switch. The children thought really carefully about their design, what it could be made for and how their circuit would look. We also looked at a book called ‘ When I grow up’ which has been written by some local business owners called Elektec, who we will be having into school in the next few weeks to discuss all things electrical and construction.

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8 Mar

Reception: Easter Launch

Today, we read ‘Clever Cub and the Easter Surprise’. We learnt about the Easter story. Elijah said “Jesus died on the cross”. Eva said “Jesus came back alive”. Lyla said “it was a miracle”. We then had a look at a hot cross bun and how it has a cross in it. It reminds us all of how Jesus died on the cross. We all tried a hot cross bun- they were very yummy!

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8 Mar

Year 3 DT- Taste testing

Year 3 had a very exciting afternoon taste testing different sandwiches.They all had the opportunity to try 4 different sandwiches which they then logged the ingredients for and thought about what they could add to their lunch to make it a healthy meal.

Image of Year 4 - Making Scientific Predictions
8 Mar

Year 4 - Making Scientific Predictions

In Year 4, we are loving our science unit on electricity so far. This week we examined different diagrams and predicted whether we thought the series circuits would work. We then built the circuits and found out if our predictions were correct.

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7 Mar

Reception: Caring for our Environment

Today, we discussed what recycle, reuse and reduce meant. The children discussed what bins we find at school and what bins we have at home. We discussed why it is important to recycle. Did you know that some bottles can be recycled to make a part of a plane? The children were amazed! The children went outside to look at our recycle bins as they look very different to the ones we have at home. We also discussed how we can reduce waste and reuse. The children did some junk modelling to show how we can reuse boxes and different objects. We discussed how important it is to look after and care for our world.

Image of Reception: Designing a fire engine
7 Mar

Reception: Designing a fire engine

As part of our learning all about superheroes, we have been making fire engines in our malleable area. Before the children could make their fire engine, they were set a challenge of designing their fire engine and labelling it. They then followed their design to build their fire engine. Super work!

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3 Mar

Year 5- Design and Technology- Electrical System

This term in D.T. the Year 5 class has been applying knowledge of circuits to practical activities. The children worked in small groups to create a moving toy vehicle using a battery-powered electric car that is able to move forward and reverse as well as having lights that can be switched on and off, they have made an air conditioning unit, a windmill, floating boat, and a floating ball. The children took inspiration from a parent engineer, who left a set of materials for us to work with, including a battery, a DVD motor with a connector, and a propeller. The children were thrilled with the outcome.

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28 Feb

Year 3 DT

During design and technology each member of the class was given a picture representing a food item, we then went onto the MUGA where different food group stations were set up. Year 3 were then tasked with placing their food item into the correct food group. They then switched pictures so they had turns in different food groups. We then thought about what ingredients are needed to create a ‘composite meal’.

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28 Feb

Year 5- Art- Space Imagery

In Art, Year 5 have been thinking about what the future might look like. They created their own futuristic artworks and printed a background using marble ink to create a galaxy effect. They have taken inspiration from Teis Albers's piece 'Moonwalk' and Andy Warhols’ ‘Moonwalk’ artwork. They have used their art sketchbooks to record their observations and to review and revise their ideas. They have looked at illustrations from the ‘Space Race’ era: exploring how imagery was used and how it influenced art and design and evaluated images using knowledge of the formal elements. They have generated, developed, modelled, and communicated their ideas through discussion, annotated sketches, and cross-sectional and exploded diagrams.

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23 Feb

Year 5- D.T- Parent Engineer

WOW!!!! The Year 5 class were thrilled to learn all things engineering. The class of engineers were very lucky to meet a parent who works as an engineer. He answered questions which the children had prepared before his visit. The children were inspired by to his journey. They were fascinated to learn about his job, what his job involves and the places he has travelled to in order to become as successful as he has today. He highlighted the importance of designing something first, then producing it and watching it work. The children learnt about different types of engineering such as constructional engineer and electronic engineer. The children have now been left with a project to make a floating ball, windmill, air conditioning unit, sailing boat and a moving vehicle.

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8 Feb

Year 3 Art: Tie Dye

This week, Year 3 have been busy getting creative with tie dye! This term, our focus in Art has been on Craft and we have been focusing on understanding the process a textile designer might take, in order to reach a final design. We created our own mood boards, which showcased our favourite colours, places and people. We then used our mood boards to inspire our chosen colours and designs for our tie dye t-shirts! The children completed each stage of the tie dye process and we will be evaluating our t-shirt designs and discussing what worked well and anything we would change for next time.

Image of Year 3 Tie Dye: The Finished Product!
8 Feb

Year 3 Tie Dye: The Finished Product!

We are so pleased with our tie dye t-shirts! The children chose their colour theme, based on the moods boards we created in art and it has been great to see the class learn a new craft! As it is Children's mental health week, we have also really enjoyed getting creative and relaxing our minds, with Art!

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1 Feb

Reception- Junk Modelling

The children have had a great time this week bringing their creativity to life in the creative area. They have made various models using junk modelling from cars and aeroplanes to hats and cupcakes. They have used amazing imagination and developed lots of fine motor and creativity skills along the way.

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31 Jan

Year 2 - Designing finger puppets

In year 2 this week we have been designing our own finger puppets in DT. We have looked at a variety of methods to create a strong and sturdy puppet and linked this in nicely with our English unit of Traction Man. The children have designed their own villain that Traction Man will face and this forms a basis for our interview writing unit.

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24 Jan

D.T Club- Papier Mache Mask Making

This week, Years 4, 5, and 6 have been busy making a start on their props for the Year 6 end-of-year performance in our DT after school club.

Image of Reception - Chinese New Year
20 Jan

Reception - Chinese New Year

This week, we have been learning all about Chinese New Year. We have practised writing Chinese numbers, tasted different Chinese foods, learned all about the famous dragon parades and even made our own dragon! We have really enjoyed learning all about the traditions of Chinese New Year and comparing them to our own experiences and celebrations.

Image of D.T- Year 5- Yarn Christmas Card
15 Dec

D.T- Year 5- Yarn Christmas Card

Year 5 have used their skills learnt during D.T to make Christmas cards using Yarn. Some of the children have threaded a bead to their yarn to give that extra look.

Image of Year 3 D.T: Making our Christmas Photo Frames
15 Dec

Year 3 D.T: Making our Christmas Photo Frames

Year 3 used either wooden lollipop sticks or wooden dowels to create their photo frames. Some children painted their materials, before using a hot glue gun to create the frame. The children who chose to use the dowels, used a saw to cut the wood down to the correct size. We will be evaluating our finished products and thinking about what worked well and what we would change, if we were to design and make our photo frames again.

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15 Dec

Year 1- DT project

Year 1s DT project is now complete! ✔️ So proud of year 1 as lots of time and effort was put into these. Planning✔️ Painting ✔️ Sawing ✔️ Cutting ✔️ Glueing ✔️ You name it we did it! Great job you bunch of superstars!

Image of Year 3 D.T: Christmas Photo Frames
14 Dec

Year 3 D.T: Christmas Photo Frames

Over the course of this term, Year 3 have been busy planning and designing their own Christmas themed photo frames. We started by looking at existing photo frames and thinking about how we wanted to create our own free standing frames. The children then thought about which materials they would like to use, to create their photo frames. Some children have used wooden lolly sticks to build their frame, whilst others used wooden dowels and cut them down to the correct size. We are so pleased with the finished products and can't wait to purchase them at the Christmas Fair!

Image of Year 6 DT
14 Dec

Year 6 DT

Year 6 have completed their festive sausage rolls and they looked absolutely amazing. They made sure that they contained popular festive ingredients that complemented each other, and I’m sure they will taste as good as they look!

Image of Year 6 DT
14 Dec

Year 6 DT

Year 6 proud of their finished products. What wonderful and unique festive savoury snacks!

Image of Year 4 - Christmas Cards
14 Dec

Year 4 - Christmas Cards

Year 4 have been creating Christmas cards this week, and they’ve gone for a bit of humour. Look out for the Christmas cracker-style jokes coming home in school bags.

Image of Year 2 - DT - Chopping skills
14 Dec

Year 2 - DT - Chopping skills

As part of making our fruit kebabs, year 2 have been learning to chop and organise their fruit in preparation to assemble their fruit kebabs. We learned both bridge and claw methods of cutting fruit in a tidy fashion to make our fruit kebabs more appealing.

Image of Year 2 - Making festive fruit kebabs
14 Dec

Year 2 - Making festive fruit kebabs

Year 2 making their fruit kebabs to sell at the Christmas Fair.

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14 Dec

Design and Technology- Christmas Fair

In D.T this term, the whole school have worked their absolute socks off. The children have made wooden reindeer ornaments, festive fruit kebabs with choc drizzle and marshmallows, fire engines, photo frames, festive sausage rolls, seasonal stockings and Christmas themed cushions. The children then had the opportunity to purchase their products at our school Christmas fair.

Image of D.T- Year 5- Christmas themed cushions
13 Dec

D.T- Year 5- Christmas themed cushions

This term for our design and technology unit, the year 5 elves have been busy making Christmas themed cushions. Prior to making the cushions, the children have carefully planned their cushions. They have learnt how to create button fasteners, button whole stitch, envelope fold, hidden stitch, running stitch, zig zag stitch, over stitch, and stitch embellish to give that wow factor. They have also made sure that the cushions are functional and aesthetic. They have also evaluated their finished products by answering a series of questions. We are super proud of the dedication and enthusiasm that the children have shown throughout the planning and making of these products. We can't wait to showcase our products at our Christmas Fair.

Image of Reception - Making Reindeer Baubles
9 Dec

Reception - Making Reindeer Baubles

This week we have made reindeer baubles to sell at our Christmas Fair. The children used their fingerprint for the nose, stuck on googly eyes and made their own antlers out of pipe cleaners. The children really enjoyed making them.

Image of Year 4 DT - Seasonal Stockings Part 1
9 Dec

Year 4 DT - Seasonal Stockings Part 1

Wowsers- we have had such a productive morning in Year 4 finishing off our ‘ Seasonal Stockings’ . The children have worked so hard developing their different types of stitches. We also managed to embellish them with buttons, ribbon and felt. We can’t wait to show the parents and carers at our Christmas Fair!

Image of Year 4 DT - Seasonal Stockings - Part 2
9 Dec

Year 4 DT - Seasonal Stockings - Part 2

Wowsers- we have had such a productive morning in Year 4 finishing off our ‘ Seasonal Stockings’ . The children have worked so hard developing their different types of stitches. We also managed to embellish them with buttons, ribbon and felt. We can’t wait to show the parents and carers at our Christmas Fair!

Image of Year 6 DT
8 Dec

Year 6 DT

Year 6 have been analysing different ingredients that they may use in their festive sausage rolls. The children noticed, that when the ingredients are isolated, they may not taste entirely satisfying. However, after watching a video of a chef in action (Jamie Oliver), they noticed that some of these ingredients may complement each other nicely.

Image of Year 6 DT
8 Dec

Year 6 DT

The final step before year 6 make their DT project was to visualise how they think it will look. They designed their product by using a blown up diagram in which it reveals the individual ingredients that the sausage roll will contain.

Image of Reception Reindeer Food
7 Dec

Reception Reindeer Food

Reception have been making some reindeer food for our Christmas fair. They used the cups to pour the reindeer food into the bags. We talked about how we can leave the reindeer food out on Christmas Eve ready for Santa and all the reindeers.

Image of Design and Technology - Seasonal Stockings
6 Dec

Design and Technology - Seasonal Stockings

Our Seasonal Stockings are coming along nicely. This week we have been embellishing our stockings, looking at aesthetics and design. The children have been practicing their running stitch and back stitch. We can’t wait to move onto put them altogether and see the finished product at the Christmas Fair.

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5 Dec

Year 6 DT

Today, in DT, year 6 have been researching savoury snacks to explore which ingredients are quite popular and which ingredients complement each other.

Image of Year 2 - Designing fruit kebabs
2 Dec

Year 2 - Designing fruit kebabs

Year 2 have been working really hard to design their own amazing fruit kebabs ready for the Christmas fair. Linking it with our healthy eating in science we have designed our own healthy fruit kebab.

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1 Dec

Year 1- DT

Year 1 have been working so hard on their fire engines this week. They have been sawing and painting. We've been so busy and our room has been super messy, but we can't wait to show you the final product!

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1 Dec

Year 6 Design Technology

Year 6 have been busy researching popular Christmas time ingredients today. Next week they will be tasting different Christmas time ingredients and will then plan which ingredients they want to use for their festive sausage roll. They are looking forward to then creating their own unique festive sausage roll with the ingredients they have planned to use and they will be able to purchase them at the Christmas fair.

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30 Nov

Year 5 - D.T- Exploring different ways to create a fastening

The children in Year 5 have been exploring different ways of fastening that could be used for their cushions. They have investigated the advantages and disadvantages of different ways and have concluded after practising that the envelope fold and whole button fasteners are far more functional than the others.

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29 Nov

Year 3 D.T: Designing our Christmas Photo Frames!

The class have been busy this week in D.T, designing their own Christmas Photo Frames, to make and sell at the Christmas Fair! We thought about the different materials that we will be using to make our frames and how our frame is going to be free standing. The children also identified who their photo frame is going to be made for and their overall design. Every design is slightly different, and the children cannot wait to get started with making their frames, over the next couple of weeks.

Image of Year 3 D.T: Investigating ways of making free-standing structures.
29 Nov

Year 3 D.T: Investigating ways of making free-standing structures.

This week in Design Technology, the class looked at different ways to make a free-standing structure. In groups, the children had a variety of different materials and had to work together, to make a particular structure. We discussed how to make a successful structure and the different techniques we can use, to stable and strengthen a structure.

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22 Nov

Year 1- DT

Last week in DT we had a look at all the equipment we needed to create our own fire engines. Today we designed our fire engines ready to create them next week! We can't wait to show you our finished product

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22 Nov

Year 2 - Design technology

Year 2 food tasting in design technology. As part of our unit we are making fruit kebabs to sell at our Christmas Fair. We have tasted a variety of different fruits and vegetables to see what we like and what we did not like in order to begin to build our fruit kebabs.

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21 Nov

Reception: Birthday Celebration

Today, the children in Reception read Kipper’s birthday. We looked at what happens at a party and the importance of a birthday invitation. They found out why it is important to have the correct number of candles on a cake. The children are preparing for a toy party on Friday by creating necklaces, crowns and cakes.

Image of Year 3 DT: Strengthening Paper
14 Nov

Year 3 DT: Strengthening Paper

As part of our Photo Frames unit in DT, Year 3 have been exploring different ways of strengthening paper, by using rolling, folding and twisting techniques.

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14 Nov

Reception: All About Autumn

This week, the children are learning all about Autumn. They have been very busy in provision creating Autumn faces, hedgehogs and trees. They’ve also been counting different Autumn pictures and matching it to the correct numeral.

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11 Nov

DT - Christmas Stockings - Explore and Analyse

Today in Year 4 we started our new DT unit - Christmas Stockings. We have been learning about how stockings were introduced, exploring different examples and analysing what makes a hood stocking focusing on design and function.

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8 Nov

Reception: Remembrance Art

The children in Reception have been practising their expressive arts and design skills. They have been joining materials to create poppies in the malleable area and have been selecting the correct colours to accurately paint poppies. The children were able to explain why we wear poppies.

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8 Nov

Year 1 - DT

This afternoon year 1 have been exploring wheels, chassis’s and axles in our DT lesson. We are looking forward to putting all of our skills together to create our own fire engines in a couple of weeks.

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4 Nov

D.T- Year 5

Year 5 thoroughly enjoyed their first lesson in design and technology today. Prior to our lesson, the children learnt about the different types of cushions from different time periods around the world, leading up to the present day and the wide and varied range we have now. They have been developing their knowledge of, and skills in different sewing techniques. They will use these skills to design and create their Christmas-themed cushion. They have also been investigating and analysing various types of pillows, this will allow them to be creative and imaginative when they make their cushion.

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31 Oct

Reception: Muddy Monday

Today, the children in Reception learnt how to cross the road. With their partner they stopped, looked and listened and shouted “Clear!” to Mrs Wilkinson when it was safe to cross. They all remained very alert and looked all around them. We then went to the park to collect some sticks in preparation for our bonfire pictures.

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13 Oct

Food Technology- Year 5- Move and Learn

This week, the children have used their knowledge from the Eatwell Guide to prepare and cook a balanced meal at home with their parents or carer.

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13 Sep

Reception: Exploring outdoors

Reception have really enjoyed exploring their outdoor area. They have built houses using ‘cement’ in the sand, created potions in the water area, been busy roleplaying in the shop, painting, made mud pies, travelled around Darwen on the bikes and scooters and also enjoyed balancing on the equipment. They have been busy bees!

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6 Sep

Reception: Let’s get creative

Reception have really enjoyed learning how to use the creative area properly. They have been learning about the different materials and how to join them together with glue. They have then made their own creations. Well done!

Image of Year 3 - Making storybooks with moving parts
20 Jul

Year 3 - Making storybooks with moving parts

Year 3 have been finishing making their storybooks with moving parts that they started in DT lessons. They have used lever and linkage mechanisms and lift-the-flap effects.

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12 Jul

Rainforest Habitat Diorama- D.T-Year 5

Today the children in Year 5 have been busy making their 3D structures of the Rainforest. They have first used water-based paint to paint the inside of the box to create a rainforest background. They also made some ferns, philodendrons, trees, butterflies and rainforest animals using plain paper or crepe paper whilst waiting for the paint to dry. Tightly twisted strips of green crepe paper to make jungle vines. To add that extra detail they used - small rocks, twigs, dried leaves, and other materials from nature to add texture to their diorama.

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23 Jun

Year 2 D.T: Wacky Windmills!

During the summer term in D.T, Year 2 have been learning all about the purpose uses of windmills. We completed some market research to look at the different types of windmills and the materials that are used to make them. We then spent some time designing our own windmills and thinking about the materials that we could use the make them. This week, the class brought their designs to life and made their own windmill's using classroom materials and their own designs. We then evaluated our windmill's and thought about what we might do differently next time, to ensure our bases are strong and sturdy.

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27 May

D.T Club- Textiles - Years 3,4 and 5

Fun in D.T Club! The task was to design and make a small printed cushion cover based on the initial of the end user, which can be used in our homes. I am super proud of what they have made. They have all worked extremely well by supporting and helping each other.

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26 May

Reception Smoothie Bike Visit

Reception enjoyed using the special bike to blend different fruits to create a delicious smoothie. Dean talked about why fruit is healthy for us and which fruits are good to use for smoothie drinks. The children took turns on the bike to blend the fruit and each had a taste of their creation.

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19 May

Year 4 DT - Ancient Egyptian Weaving

As part our our DT project we have been learning the art of weaving. Today we mastered paper weaving and then started on a fabric weave. The children learnt how to use a shuttle and add their selected threads in traditional Egyptian colours.

12 May

Year 2 D.T: Pinwheels!

This week in Year 2, the class followed a set of instructions, to make their own pinwheel. We have been thinking about how windmill's use the wind's speed to provide energy and the children made their own pinwheels, to see how to make sails and to mimic a real windmill!

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3 May

Year 2 D.T: Wacky Windmills!

This week in D.T, Year 2 explored how to make strong bases. The class were given a selection of materials in groups and had a go at making a structure, using lolly sticks, glue and string. We thought about why it is important for buildings to have strong bases and in the coming weeks, we will be designing our own windmill's.

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29 Apr

Food technology- Serve a Salad- Year 5

Over the past few weeks, the children in Year 5 have been learning about different types of salads and ingredients used in salads around the world. They have been learning about healthy eating (with a focus on fibre) and practising using food preparation skills, including the bridge hold and claw grip, safely and hygienically. They have tasted food from other countries to help give them new experiences and flavour ideas which then led to them making a healthy salad for a friend. Prior to this, they created a questionnaire to research the requirements and preferences of their salad recipient.  This afternoon, they made a salad for their friend and they were reminded to be as accurate as possible with their preparation. Thinking about the appearance, size and shape of the ingredients they are preparing. They then ate their salad with their friends and evaluated their design against the design criteria and feedback from others.

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21 Apr

Reception - Migration and Bird feeders

This afternoon, we have been learning about Migration, where in the Winter, flocks of birds fly to warmer countries like Africa to find sources of food and new homes. Then when Spring arrives in the UK, the birds fly back here. We wanted to welcome the birds back to the UK by making bird feeders and hanging them in the trees in the school grounds. The children are very excited to see which birds will arrive to nibble on their treats.

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21 Apr

D.T- Textiles- After School Club

Our first lesson went extremely well. We first drew our initial letter on a 3x3 squared paper. We then looked at different types of stitches; zig zag stitch, cross stitch, blanket stitch and the running stitch. The children thought the running stitch was the ideal one to to practice which they all tried independently.

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19 Apr

Darwen Rotary Club - Create a gift for the Queen Competition

Good Morning, As you can see from the poster, we have a fantastic competition being run by Darwen Rotary Club, and we would love for the children in our school to take part. We are inviting the children to create a gift for the Queen to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, this is to be completed at home. The gift can be of any style they wish. We are looking for originality and inspiration from the children. Possible ideas are a poem, a song, a model, a piece of artwork - the list goes on! Please can all gifts be completed and brought into school ready for judging by Wednesday 11th May. We will judge the best 10 pieces for KS1 and the best 10 for KS2 and then arrange for a Rotarian to call into school and choose the final 3 winners for each category. There will be prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places from each Key Stage. All the winning entries from each school will then go on display in Darwen Market Hall on the Jubilee Bank Holiday Weekend, and on Saturday 4th June, 2 overall winners (1 for KS1 and 1 for KS2) will be selected from all the 1st place entries and the winners will win a tiled mural for their school! This is a very exciting opportunity and we would love for our children to get involved, if you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to ask. We look forward to seeing some fantastic gifts for the Queen! Mrs Govan- Art and Design Leader

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6 Apr

Easter Craft- Year 5

The Easter Bunnies have been getting ready for Easter. They have been making Easter baskets and Easter wreaths.

Image of Year 1- Making our Breakfast Pots.
31 Mar

Year 1- Making our Breakfast Pots.

This afternoon, Year 1 got to work on making their breakfast pots for their friend. First they had to follow some important hygiene routines such as rolling up their sleeves or taking their jumpers and cardigans off, tying back longer hair, taking off any watches, putting their aprons on and washing their hands. Using their design sheets from the previous lesson, they then got to work preparing their ingredients safely and hygienically. This involved using the bridge and fork secure cutting techniques that they had previously learnt and layering up the various parts of their pots (yogurt, cereal and fruit). Finally, they gave them to their friend to enjoy. 

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30 Mar

Reception DT

Some of our children decided to build their own racing track. They worked together as a team and solved problems along the way. Our class enjoyed using the track to find out which car was the fastest on the track!

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30 Mar

Reception Junk Modelling

The children have created an ambulance and fire engine. They collected recyclable materials and built their chosen vehicles. Super work!

Image of Year 1- Food Tasting and Planning and Designing our Breakfast Pots.
30 Mar

Year 1- Food Tasting and Planning and Designing our Breakfast Pots.

As our D&T unit for this half-term, Year 1 are working towards making a breakfast pot for a friend. Today, they food tasted some ingredients such as grapefruit, redcurrants, blackcurrants, pineapple, apricots, peaches, shreddies, special flakes and weetabix. The children then had to create a checklist of the ingredients that their partner did and didn’t like to inform the planning and designing of the breakfast pot they were making for them. As well as this, they had to include at least 3 of our 5 a day to ensure that it was healthy. Year 1 can’t wait to get making them next lesson.

Image of Year 1 D&T- using the fork secure technique and the bridge hold technique to cut fruit.
25 Mar

Year 1 D&T- using the fork secure technique and the bridge hold technique to cut fruit.

As part of their D&T unit, Year 1 learnt some new techniques for cutting fruit today. They learnt how to cut strawberries using the bridge hold technique and how to cut pear slices using the fork secure technique. They listened really well and performed the two techniques very carefully. They can’t wait to apply their skills next week as they prepare and make their breakfast pot of fruit and yogurt. Well done Year 1.

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25 Mar

Cooking and Nutrition- Year 5

Year 5 had the opportunity to practice some food skills in this lesson. We first watched the food skills videos ( peel, chop and grate) and then practiced them. The food that the children prepared was then used to create a salad bar which they were able to taste from at the end of the lesson.

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18 Mar

Design and Technology - Cooking and nutrition

This term in D.T, Year 5 have been learning about different types of salads and ingredients used in salads around the world. They have been learning about healthy eating ( with a focus on fibre), researching different salads and finding salads which originate from other countries. Over the new few weeks, they will be practicing using food preparation skills, safely and hygienically then designing and making a salad for tea.

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17 Mar

Design Technology

Year 6 have been using paper to test strength in design and technology.

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17 Mar

Hybrid text- Year 5

Year 5 has been inspired by Professor Branestawm inventions and have come up with ideas for their own designs. They have worked exceptionally well and produced some amazing writing: an explanation text, information text and a persuasive text ( hybrid text).

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7 Mar

Year 3 Science - How muscles work

Year 3 Science - We have made models of how muscles work in an arm, either by contracting or relaxing when we lift or straighten our arm.

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26 Feb

Junior Bake Off

Do you know any young budding bakers between 9-12 years old?

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21 Feb

Superheroes topic launched in Reception!

Today we have launched our brand new Superheroes topic in Reception. We read the story of Supertato. The evil pea has been causing lots of trouble for the teachers in Reception. The children have created their own Supertato characters and have been designing jails and capes to defeat the evil pea. The evil pea has been hiding all day in our classroom but our Superheroes have been brilliant at locating him! What a super start to the new half term!

Image of Year 3 - DT making a healthy sandwich
7 Feb

Year 3 - DT making a healthy sandwich

In DT we have been using our knowledge of healthy eating from Science in order to design and make a healthy sandwich.

Image of Year 2 D.T: Astronaut Puppets!
3 Feb

Year 2 D.T: Astronaut Puppets!

This term in D.T, Year 2 have been busy designing their own glove puppets. The class have made a great start with their puppets, by choosing their felt and making a template. This week, we will be carefully sewing our templates together and decorating our puppets, using our own designs!

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21 Jan

Be a Baker - Our Finished Product

Here is our final product - we have bread! We have different varieties such as knotted bread, plaited bread and hedgehog bread. It was delicious and we can’t wait to make more.

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20 Jan

Be a Baker - Food Technology

Today we have been completing our food technology lessons on how to ‘ Be a Baker”. Over the last few weeks we have done bread testing sessions, identifying what foods we eat have flour in them ( you’d be surprised) and today we became actual bakers and created our own samples. We used different techniques to make them and we can’t wait to taste the end product tomorrow.

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7 Jan

Bread tasting

Year 4 had lots of fun tasting different types of bread for the start of their design and technology unit. They are looking forward to designing and making their own bread shortly.

Image of Year 3 DT- Christmas Photo Frames
17 Dec

Year 3 DT- Christmas Photo Frames

Wow, look at Year 3’s fabulous Christmas photo frames that they designed and made in their design and technology lessons. They are available to purchase on parent pay.

Image of Festive sausage rolls- Y6 DT
17 Dec

Festive sausage rolls- Y6 DT

Yesterday Year 6 made their very own festive sausage rolls, we were blown away with their enthusiasm and eagerness to try new food combinations and preparation techniques. We certainly have some keen young chefs in our class. Well done Year 6!

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15 Dec

Year 2 D.T

Year 2 has a fantastic afternoon making their Christmas fruit kebabs! The children used their designs whilst making the kebabs and we also used the bridge and claw cut whilst preparing our fruit. The class used all of the equipment safely and responsibly and enjoying seeing their designs come to life!

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14 Dec

Reception: making Reindeer food

This week we have learnt all of the names of Santa’s reindeer. We have looked at what reindeer look like and what they eat. We have made some magical reindeer food to take home. The children followed the instructions carefully to make their reindeer food. They can’t wait to sprinkle it outside their houses on Christmas Eve night!

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13 Dec

Seasonal Stockings Complete ✅

Here they are in all of their glory! Seasonal Stockings complete✅ We are so proud of the effort they have put in to these- well done Year 4 you absolute superstars

Image of Festive T- Shirt - Year 5
9 Dec

Festive T- Shirt - Year 5

As part of our D.T project this term, year 5 have designed and made their very own Christmas T-Shirts. We have used a wide range of fabric, festive motifs and fabric paint. We have applied techniques that involve a small number of steps such as, threading a needle, remembering to tie a knot and cutting around our patterns carefully.

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9 Dec

Seasonal Stockings Update

Another productive day making our seasonal stockings. We have added decorations such as felt presents and Santa, ribbons and bells. We can’t wait to see the finished article next week.

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9 Dec

Christmas photo frames in DT

In design and technology we have been busy designing and making Christmas photo frames to sell at our Christmas event.

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2 Dec

We Did It! Year 5

Congratulations! Year 5 have completed a six week programme with ‘Move and Learn’. The coaches were overwhelmed with their passion and dedication to the classroom, outdoor sessions and homework. They have learnt about what physical activity is, the benefits of moving and how you can keep hydrated and have a balanced and varied diet. We are super, super proud of them!

Image of Another fabulous day making our seasonal stockings
2 Dec

Another fabulous day making our seasonal stockings

So today we have mastered the art of sewing extra pieces onto the front of our stockings. We were blown away by how much perseverance the children showed! We can’t wait to share the finished product with you very soon.

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30 Nov

Design and Technology- Year 5

On Friday, Year 5 learnt the fundamental skills of threading a needle, tying a knot and creating a running stitch. This will help us over the next few weeks when we stitch our designs made out of felt, sequins, buttons and other accessories onto our Christmas t-shirt.

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29 Nov

Year 2 D.T

On Friday, Year 2 had a busy afternoon planning and designing their own Christmas fruit kebabs. We looked at some images of fruit kebabs and came up with our own designs. We also decided which fruits would be the most suitable and how much our fruit kebabs will cost!

Image of Year 1- Decorating our Fire Engines
25 Nov

Year 1- Decorating our Fire Engines

This afternoon, Year 1 added the final touches to their fire engines as part of their D&T unit. They checked that they had included all the key features of a fire engine such as a hose, ladder, windscreen and siren before painting them.

Image of Year 1- Designing and Making Fire Engines
18 Nov

Year 1- Designing and Making Fire Engines

Year 1 have had an afternoon of designing and making their fire engines in D&T. They decided on their body of fire engine and then planned out what materials and items they were going to use for the, headlights, ladder, windscreen, door and hose to decorate their fire engine. Finally, they joined them together using sellotape, masking tape, staples and glue. Now they need to add the finishing touches such as paint.

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11 Nov

Year 1 Design and Technology

As part of our making fire engines D&T unit, Year 1 have been exploring how to make the base of their fire engine using wheels, axles, washers and a chassis. We can’t wait to make the body of our fire engine next week.

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4 Nov

Super Seasonal Stockings -DT

What a great start we have had to our new DT project- Seasonal Stockings. The children have investigated and developed their ideas after looking at various samples. Following this, they chose their favourite examples and started the design process .

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21 Oct

Creative Minds

This model of Darwen Tower was built in our peace garden, using wooden planks.