Each year group has a variety of Design and Technology projects which link to other areas of the curriculum. For instance, Year 5 design and make musical instruments which link both to their Geography topic on Mexico and Science topic on Sounds. Each project begins with pupils being asked to design a product for a specific purpose: in Year 4 this is a practical beach bag which can be used on holiday. They then plan, design and test their solution.
Group work is a key feature of Design and Technology lessons. By working together and constructively evaluating the success of each stage of the process, pupils learn to listen to and appreciate the contributions of others.
Items which the children have produced are often displayed in classrooms and the Junior Entrance Hall. At the end of each topic the children are able to take home their work. Some of the items created make ideal gifts. For example, Year 6 design Pop Up cards which are perfect to give someone on a special occasion.
Year 3 Girls make their own sandwiches for a special picnic
It opens your eyes to the things you can make
Elisha (Year 5)