At Sea Mills Primary school, every child experiences being an engineer. In Design and Technology (D.T), we encourage children to explore the world around them and observe ways in which they can design, make and evaluate their own creations. They use, create and build things to interact with their environment. Whilst being engineers, evaluative and reflective thinking is also highly important. We support children in this process by helping them to review their work and discuss their creations throughout the school. As part of Design and Technology, children will also work as engineers to initially observe and create simple contraptions. As children move up the school, they will build-on this understanding by creating more difficult contraptions. They will then consolidate their skills to be able to evaluate them. As a healthy school, children will also be taught the principles of a healthy, balanced diet. They will use cooking utensils to safely prepare a variety of food dishes in every year group and understand where a range of ingredients are grown across the world.
At Sea Mills Primary School we actively encourage children to create, review and share their engineering ideas. These skills can provide them with the foundations to design, make and create. The two keep steps to our approach are:
- Enquiry Based Approach: Design and technology is taught as part of our enquiry learning. Each year group will have a set amount of enquiry questions, some of which will be focussed on the children becoming engineers. D.T is also taught indiscreetly. For example; when creating a piece such as a ‘shoe box classroom’ in Year 2, children will have to incorporate measurement and create a design profile before they create their project.
- Cross Curricular Opportunities: As part of the enquiry questions, we encourage children to engage in dialogic opportunities (discussions, debates, options…); use their critical thinking skills by asking and answering questions; use a range of tools to create contraptions/food and evaluate their creations using their year group appropriate, technical language. We will ensure these opportunities happen through a variety of cross curricular opportunities in school.
How to help your child at home to become Engineers
As Engineers, we encourage all of the children at Sea Mills Primary School to explore their creativity and imagination so they can design and make their own products. Have a look at the following websites to encourage your child to do this:
Take a look at our Sea Mills Primary Engineers…
In our KS2 classes, the children build upon their knowledge even further by using research to develop and generate designs in different contexts. Here you can see children using clay models to build a structure of a volcano. You can also see children in upper KS2 using glue guns to make different models. Children also had the opportunity to design and make their own pizzas, using different utensils.