Category Archives: D&T

Testing fabrics

This term year 5 are taking part in a design and technology project to make a bag, as they would have done in Anglo-Saxon times. They will be testing various fabrics to see which is the most suitable and evaluating their final piece of work.

This week they were practising their measuring skills, drawing lines accurately and having a go at sewing.

Anglo Saxon bags

Year 5 investigated Anglo Saxon bags this afternoon. There were many ideas for the possible purpose of the bags:

  • To keep a map in
  • For money
  • Hold small toys
  • Carry a notebook

The children then practiced their sewing skills on some card…that was interesting. They were great at sewing, threading the needles was a little trickier, it took a lot of concentration and fine motor skills.

The children also had a go at practicing drawing accurate lines. The lines had to be precise measurements, which is another skill in itself.

There are designs to be investigated and make, ready for tomorrow‘s lesson.

Bag materials

Year 5 problem solved and analysed materials today.

They investigated the pros and cons of certain materials to use for making our Anglo Saxon bags.
Paper and tissue paper were not suitable for the task. The children came up with some good reasonings, like it was not durable enough.

Thin plastic had some good qualities, it was durable and waterproof, which is helpful. Unfortunately, because it was shiny it was hard to sew together.

Carrier bags was next on the list… great because it is recyclable and waterproof, but when it was pierced, it just split and ripped. Not a suitable material to sew.

The final choice was a material called hessian. This material is strong, durable and because it has tiny holes in it, the needles will go through nice and easily. Perfect. Although it is not waterproof, the children decided that they could line it with plastic to protect whatever is inside. Well done Year 5.

Girls at Turves Green


The Year 5 girls visited Turves Green Girls School to take part in some brilliant activities. After being treated to a lovely breakfast we listened to a talk from the Medieval Man. He explained all about the Normans and their castles. Well done to Brianna, Leah, and Isabel for volunteering to dress up as Norman soldiers. Mya helped to explain and demonstrate the advantages of using a Trebouchet during battle.

After a little break in the sunshine, the girls went to do some baking in the Food Technology room. The girls had to follow step by step instructions to make some scones, they listened really well and within the hour had produced some delicious scones. Just before they left they went back outside to have a quick Science lesson and a demonstration of water rockets which was very exciting. Well done to all the girls, their behaviour and manners were amazing.

Boys at Turves Green Boys


The boys from Year 5 were invited to Turves Green Boys secondary school this morning.

They were exceptional in their behaviour and were even greeted with “Ahh Bells Farm, always so well behaved.” They did themselves proud!

They were invited in for toast and squash before we even started- that set them off to a great start. Then it was off to the DT rooms to be introduced to Mr Wilson their teacher for the morning. He showed them how they were going to make a drag car! It looked pretty complicated but the boys got stuck in and made great efforts to help each other for the fiddly and tricky parts.

Kaydon proved that perseverance was essential as he asked for help with one part but soon I could hear him saying “It’s fine Mrs Sabir… I have managed it!” That seemed to be the theme for the morning- lots of perseverance and effort.

Soon the cars were made, boxes complete, details decorated onto both and the boys were ready to race!

It was a pleasure to watch them maturely race each other and then the other group. Well done boys.

Weaving our own baskets

Inspired by the baskets that apples used to be collected in, Kestrels chose to weave their own baskets for their DT project. The children did find it quite tricky, especially with the side walls of the basket but they persevered, worked well together in pairs, and ended up producing some excellent baskets.