Design & Technology

Vision Statement for Design and Technology 

Design and technology prepares children to take part in the development of tomorrow’s rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become autonomous and creative problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues.  

The teaching of design and technology at Ettington Primary School is cross curricular and can be studied through the teaching of all subjects and topics.  Children are able to work collaboratively on projects to solve problems and produce products which have a particular user in mind.  

The children will research existing products to inspire their designs and also study famous designers, engineers and key events which have shaped the world we live in today.

Our projects are purposeful and give children the opportunity to work with a range of materials whereby they can create structures and models, use mechanisms, electrical circuits, textiles and food. The study of food and nutrition, and food preparation, is based on the importance of a having a healthy, balanced diet.  

 All projects involve children to design and make, using a variety of technical skills, and to evaluate. The process it iterative and therefore the evaluations made by children are ongoing throughout their project.  Designs are tweaked and changed along the way based on problem solving and this reflects the way the design process works in industry.

Whole School Overview for Design and Technology, September 2021

Wheeled Vehicle Project

Year 2 and Year 6 have worked in pairs to design make wheeled vehicles as part of an engineering competition.

Each pair in Year 2 made a wheeled vehicle out of a shoebox which could carry a toy.  The vehicle had to travel down a ramp and continue as far as possible in a straight line.

Year 6 made wooden framed wheeled vehicles that had to travel up a ramp with the help of a battery powered motor.

An engineer came to work with us and helped us to select  a winning team from each class. Winners were selected based on how well their vehicle performed in the tests as well as how imaginative, original and unique their designs were and how well they worked as a team. Mrs Marcroft took the winning team from each class to a competition held as FANUC UK in Coventry where their vehicles competed against other schools.

There were lots of other schools there!  The vehicles and teams were judged on  the performance of the vehicle as well as the children’s research, designs and evaluations. Each team also had to discuss their vehicle and their design with a judge, talking through problems they had, how they solved them and why they think their vehicle works well.

We are very proud of both our Year 6 and Year 2 children who came to the competition, they were a credit to the school.  Our Year 2 children came first in  the design competition and their vehicle came second in the vehicle performance competition.

Here are some pictures of the children making their vehicles in class and some photos from the competition in Coventry.

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Playing connect 4 while we wait to be judged!

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Year 6:

This week, we have designed, made, tested and evaluated cars that go backwards and forwards.

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