Our intent for D&T is to allow pupils to solve problems, think creatively and develop ideas. D&T offers pupils a chance to use creative thinking and activity within a defined purpose and tangible outcome. It enables them to identify needs and opportunities and to respond by developing ideas and eventually making products and systems. It encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. We are committed to nurturing pupils’ curiosity and creativity, as well as preparing them for living in a modern world with rapidly changing and advancing technology. Through the study of design and technology, they combine practical skills with an understanding of aesthetic, social and environmental issues, as well as functions and industrial practices.
Year 5/6 Automata Toys
Year 5/6 designed and made their own automata toys! Using mechanical systems with axles and cams, they were able to make toys that mimicked different movements.
Many skills were learnt, including measuring carefully and then cutting wooden battens and doweling, using a tenon saw and bench hook. A hand drill was used, along with a hot glue gun to stick and join the frame together. Cardboard triangles were used to strengthen joins, and the children had to make sure everything was square in order for the toy to work.
Importance was placed on the finished product, making sure that it was high quality.