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EYFS

Children at the expected level of development will:

Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function;

Share their creations, explaining the process they have used;

Make use of props and materials when role playing characters in narratives and stories

KS1

Key Stage 1 have made drawbridges this half term as part of their 'The Last Castle' adventure. They used dowels to create the lifting motion and really enjoyed painting them afterwards. 

Key Stage 1 made cars this half term focussing on getting the wheels to rotate as the cars moved along. 

Testing our their cars

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Testing our cars

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Key Stage 1-Den Building

In Key Stage 1, they had an exciting day building dens. They built dens as part of their adventure, If I ran a zoo, and built structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable. They were able to select from and use a range of tools (branches, string, and tarp) to perform practical tasks. They then explored and evaluated their ideas and products against the design criteria. 

They had so much fun outdoors building and designing their dens. They loved making them and then getting inside and seeing how dark they were and how stable they were. Well done Key Stage 1.

LKS2

In DT this half term, Mulberry were challenged with the mission of building a new skyscraper to fit the New York skyline. They researched existing skyscrapers to identify their features. Then they designed their own on paper and thought about the function of them – would they be hotels, offices or apartments? Then they used Computer Aided Design to build their models and they wrote evaluations on what they would do next time to improve.

Lower key stage 2 made Trojan horses to coincide with their autumn 2 topic. They loved designing their horses and then building them using lolly pop sticks and wood. They even had the help of Mr Cockcroft to drill holes in the wood for the horses wheels. 

Trip to Withernsea Lighthouse

LKS2 went on a school trip to Withernsea lighthouse to see how a lighthouse works in real life and to take inspiration from this to make their own at school. They were able to go inside and climb up the steps all the way to the top where the light is kept. The children enjoyed the view and had a go at trying on the coastguard uniform. 

The children will bring back what they have learnt about the lighthouse to their own designs later on in the term.

UKS2

UKS2 made their own moving animals. The white models are the prototypes and then there are photos of the top and underside of some of the finished models. They selected equipment to perform practical tasks and join accurately. They used cams to make their moving animals and Evaluated their ideas and products against their own design criteria and considered the views of others to improve their work.

UKS2 made their own Anderson shelters to keep them safe if war broke out. They designed, made and evaluated their product and some amazing designs were made. They selected their materials carefully, considering the intended use of the product, the aesthetics and functionality. They also created and followed a step by step plan that they had made. 

Upper Key Stage 2 - Water Wheels
Upper Key Stage 2's adventure this half term was River Rescue. In Design and Technology, they designed, made and evaluated a water wheel and tested them out in the playground which they loved. They researched and developed a functional product fit for purpose and generated and developed their ideas using diagrams. The children 

were so pleased with their designs, loved making them and then, when testing them, made notes on how to improve them. It was a well thought out, thorough investigation. Well done Key Stage 2!