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Design Technology at St Robert Bellarmine Primary School


Children work on their own and as part of a team on a range of designing and making activities. They are taught to select appropriate tools and techniques to make a product based on their own designs. Children are encouraged to think about what products are used for and the needs of the people who use them.

Year 5 Design and Technology: Viking Long Boats. 

Year five were set the challenge to make a Viking Long Boat that looked like it was sailing through the waves. 

The pupils had to design and make a hinge to allow the boat to move and a lever which is used to lift the boat. Steph taught us that levers work by increasing the distance over which the force works. The long boats were fabulous! 


Year 2 Design and Technology Day. 

Year 2 enjoyed a design and technology day with Steph. The pupils made cars from cardboard. They made sturdy constructions by making a box shape and explored the mechanisms: wheels and axles which enable the car to move. It was great day and the children made some brilliant cars!!


Design and Technology Day

Year 5 enjoyed a brilliant Design and Technology day today. We worked with Steph to make an Ancient Egyptian Sarcophagus from cardboard. We learnt about making a box structure with glue tabs, a hinge mechanism which opened using hydraulics. We made the hydraulic system work using two syringes filled with water a some plastic tubing. Finally each pupil created an attractive design to decorate the top of their Sarcophagus. The results were great!

Year 1 enjoyed making bird feeders out of milk bottles and milk bottle tops. They painted their bird feeders bright colours to make them stand out. Well done year 1- a great way to recycle milk bottles!

Year 4 Hydraulic Heads

Year 6 Fairground Rides

Year 5 - The Vikings

The Year 5 children also enjoyed the opportunity to make Viking Long Boats in Design & Technology. They used card and a lolly-stick to make a hinge mechanism which means their boats can bob up and down in the water or ride over the waves. The Vikings loved to decorate their ships with fine wood carvings. The head of a fearsome creature like a snake or dragon was put at the front to scare off enemies, including supposed sea monsters. 

Year 6 children enjoyed working with a specialist Design Technology teacher to make models of Philippe Petit tightrope walking between the two towers. Their models were inspired by the book 'The Man Who Walked Between the Towers' by Mordicai Gerstein, which year 6 children had been reading during English lessons. 



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