Expect More

We’ll be honest: we worry that this subject doesn’t get sufficient time. So, teachers plan the activities that must be covered during the course of the year very carefully. To ensure that there is sufficient focus on this subject area we organise special Solve a Problem weeks, when the children spend quality time designing, making and evaluating products. The week beginning Monday 16th October 2017 was specifically designated or design technology work.

Pupils in reception built animal homes for the animals in our forest school. They worked with wood and children learnt how to use tools and equipment safely. Pupils had the chance to test different materials to discover which worked the best. They left the homes they made out in the forest school area for the winter and checked on whether animals chose to use them and how they were affected by the weather conditions.

Year 1 made an ideal bedroom for a lego character. The children designed and made furniture to fit in their ‘shoebox bedrooms’. Some of the ir designs can be seen on this page.

Year 2 designed and made a bread product that could be sold in Thomas Farynor’s bakery, to raise money for the people who lost their homes in the Great Fire of London. Children were very excited about the fact that they could make their own bread.

Year 3 designed and made an apron suitable to wear during art or cooking lessons. With Mr Hartley deciding this was the year of smart uniforms, along with more art and cooking sessions taking place in Key Stage 2, the Year 3 design brief was to make an individualised apron. Pupils developed their own design by personalising it and designing and creating an organisation pocket to use in art and cooking lessons.

Year 4 designed and made their own individual morse code machines, inspired by their Second World work relating to their visit to HMS Belfast. The children investigated how morse code machines worked, exploring different types of switches, then creating machines that could transmit morse code messages to each other.

Barnes Bear was bored of his bedroom and wanted some space-themed decor! So Year 5 children used their textile and stitching skills to fulfil his wishes.


Linked to their learning theme ‘Dangerous Earth’, Year 6 designed and made a mechanical toy for a child who has been affected by a natural disaster.”


Design and Technology coverage at Barnes 2017-2018