In Year 4, we have been exploring where our food comes from. We looked at the seasonality of a range of food produce in the UK and discussed the best time to buy some of these in the shops. Our design brief, was to create a hand-held snack, which we thought about in great detail. We taste tested some existing products in the market, such as wraps and sandwiches. This helped us understand what ingredients we would use in our own snack. We created a series of designs, which we then evaluated to help us come up with our final product. Using a range of different techniques, such as chopping raw vegetables, grating cheese, cooking onions and courgettes and draining tinned food, we were able to complete our wraps. We shared these with our grown ups during DT afternoon and we later evaluated the whole process, considering what we did well and what could be improved.
Another of our DT products has been to make a bridge that could carry a toy car across a ravine. We thought about what our design criteria would be and came up with many ideas, such as strong, stable and appropriately sized. We used these to sketch some initial designs, which we later evaluated against the criteria. We gave each other feedback and we used other's ideas to perfect our final design. Working in teams, we made our bridges out of either, art straws, lollipop sticks, newspaper or k'nex. We used a range of different techniques to join different parts of our bridges together and we thought about our choices of different materials in terms of their functional properties as well as their aesthetic qualities. Later in the week, when our grown ups came to join us for the afternoon, we tested the quality of our bridges by seeing if the toy car was able to travel across them successfully.