Category Archives: D&T
Anglo Saxon Bags
Year 5 have been practising their sewing skills in order to make their Anglo-Saxon bags. They are now able to thread a needle, tie a knot and do various stitches such as back stitch and over stitch. We’ve had some great results.
Year 5 have been testing materials today to decide which one would be the best to make their Anglo-Saxon bag out of. They had various materials and had to test their durability and authenticity, as well as whether the material was waterproof. They all decided that the most appropriate material would be hemp, mainly because of its authenticity. They are now busy designing their bags and will be ready to start sewing soon. 😁
Year 5 have worked extremely hard to design, build, complete and test their bridges using levers.
They really have used their knowledge from seeing designs and thinking hard about the needs of the task: to get a car across the bridge and even a boat safely under the bridge once it has been lifted.
Have a look at how brilliant some of the bridges are. They have worked hard to overcome several problems. Some of their ideas were harder to put into practice than they imagined once they began working with their chosen materials.
A great effort Kestrels.
Today year 5 were experimenting with making pulleys. They followed a set of instructions to make a simple pulley.
It did take some problem solving, as threading the string through the holes in the cup became a challenge, as well as ensuring the knots in the string were tight and the string was the same length.
Once the pulleys were made they enjoyed seeing how it worked and trying to pull up different things. As they experimented, they thought about how to apply a pulley to a bridge.
If you would like to have a go at making a pulley, you too can follow the following instructions. Good luck.
Our Viking-style bags
Designing a Viking-style bag
Year 5 have finished their Viking & Anglo-Saxon topic. They showed they’re incredible new knowledge in some very high scoring quiz answers. Well done Kestrels!
Today, they started they’re new D&T topic of designing and making a Viking-style bag to hold their stationery. They researched bags already on the market and carried out their own market research to ascertain what their class mates and teachers thought about the bags they had chosen to research. Tomorrow we will have a go at sewing to demonstrate a seam allowance. Watch out for the photos.
Designing our bridges
This afternoon Kestrels in year 5 started designing their bridges, working together in small groups, we thought carefully about the design brief and the materials we have available.
We were asked to make a bridge that would connect two towns separated by water, our bridge would go over the water and needs to allow boats to go under it and cars to go over it. When designing we need to think about scale… is our bridge going to be one way or a two way bridge?
We need to decide if it if is going to have a drawbridge to allow the boats to go under and if we incorporate this into our design… how is it going to work?
Sophie used the bridge she made at home for inspiration.
Kenny and Joey worked really well together, they came up with different ideas and took the best aspects of each one and amalgamated them together into one fantastic design!
Some final designs in progress…
Once our design was finished, we could start planning how we are going to make it.
Sophie’s beam bridge!
Following our DT lessons about bridges, Sophie in year 5 Kestrels has completed a design and made a beam bridge at home! She came in this morning with this rather spectacular and funky bridge. The whole class will have the opportunity to design and make a bridge in their small groups in our DT lesson soon!