Seven Hills Primary School

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Showcasing Design and Technology

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The children in Nursery have been using their construction skills to create a cave for the bear as part of their class novel work on ‘We’re going on a Bear Hunt’. They worked collaboratively to select bricks to build the walls on the cave. They realised that it needed to be big enough to fit the bear(s) inside and thought about what features it needed such as an entrance for the bear to enter the cave. The children have also been using their DT skills to create tall towers using the wooden bricks. It took careful planning to make sure that the bricks didn’t fall and were well balanced.


“Run! Run! As fast as you can, you can’t catch me! I’m the Gingerbread Man!” After reading about the Gingerbread Man in The Jolly Christmas Postman, Reception have followed a recipe to a make their own Gingerbread People. They developed their fine motor skills through mixing, kneading, rolling and cutting. The children showed they could use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently. The best part was tasting them at the end!

Year 1

To bring more wildlife into our Woodland Area and provide food, Year 1 children have followed a criteria to design and make their own bird feeders.  The children worked collaboratively to select different materials and tools to create their feeders building on construction skills they had developed in Reception.

Year 2

The children in Year 2 have been making fantastic foxes! They have selected and used a range of tools to cut and join the body parts of their fox together to make a moving puppet and explored how they could make their puppets stronger. The children have used their puppets to retell the story of Fantastic Mr Fox.    

Year 3

The children in Year 3 have been learning about Ancient Egyptian musical instruments. They have researched how music played a huge part of their daily lives and the types of instruments they played using information books. They used this knowledge to influence their own designs. Thinking about the types of materials and resources available to the children, they had to design and plan which musical instrument they would make, before making and then evaluating the instruments.

Year 4

As part of their Africa topic and learning about the River Nile the children in Year 4 have designed, made and evaluated model bridges. They have built on previous learning and understanding of how to strengthen, stiffen and reinforce their structures. They tested their bridges over water to see if they could withstand weight.

Year 5

The children in Year 5 have been using the ‘eat well guide’ to find out more about the food we eat. They know that starchy foods (carbohydrates)  should make up just over a third of the food we eat as they are a good source of energy. As part of their Viking’s topic they have used a range of cooking techniques such as kneading, proving and rolling to make a high energy flatbread perfect for Viking Warriors!

Year 6

The Year 6 children really were Romans on a rampage! They have investigated and evaluated Roman shields and found out more about their purposes. The children designed, made and evaluated their own Roman Shields and took part in a battle!