T3 Make Roman Chariots!

As part of our DT work on chariots, children in T3 have been using card, wood and tools to build their own racing masterpiece. The children used hacksaws, with spar wood to create a sturdy base, before then creating a card fronter to keep their Roman rider safe.

As you can see from the pictures, the classroom was awash with busy carpentry skills and differing styles of Roman chariot designs.

We will be racing them later this week, so keep your eyes peeled for the next post!

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Let’s see who wins in the great Anne Dale Chariot Race later this week!

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Split Pin Minibeasts in T3!

Today, T3 tackled the challenge of split pin minibeasts in DT, ready for us to be designing our our creatures with moving lever parts in the coming weeks.

As you can see from the pictures, this was a much harder task than many children imagined at first! We certainly have some interesting creations in the class, with a range of seemingly new creatures made during the lesson!

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Here’s what some of the children said,

“It was an extremely good lesson!” (Alexandra M)

“It was fun making the split pin creatures and I enjoyed it.” (Kendra)

“It was epic making the split pin creatures!” (Luke R)

“I liked making the split pin creatures because it was easy” (Dorothy B)

[Written by Mr Thorns]


Year 4 DT work

During the last half term, children in Year 4 designed, made and evaluated their wooden photo frames.


Here are some examples of what we managed to create:
Photo Frames
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This half term, children in Year 4 will be making felt cases for mobile phones.  We would like children to bring in any phone cases they may have at home. This is purely for the purpose of gathering design ideas in the first lesson and they will be returned promptly.  Please ask your class teacher when they would like you to bring them.   K4 will be looking at examples on Monday 9th November.

As children will be learning how to sew, it would be helpful if they could practise threading needles at home if possible.

We would also appreciate any helpers who are handy with a needle and thread, so please contact your class teacher for details.

We’re all looking forward to our next exciting project, so keep your eyes peeled for photographs of the finished products!

From Year 4



Year 4 Design Picture Frames!

In D.T this term year 4 have been busy designing picture frames. Everyone looked for inspiration and designed their own picture frames. Then they decided what was good about the picture frames and what could be improved.

Picture frames could be any style you like. Mine will have wire with gold and silver beads. Most children will use the materials from the school’s DT section, but we can also bring in our own materials from home or buy some others if we wish.


[Written by Josie S ~ Digital Leader]

Food Technology…..Baking…..Cooking Club

A great year has been had in the Junior School kitchen. Here is a quick round up of our cooking year!

Year 6 have made Koulourakia (Greek butter biscuits) and have just made bread to incorporate their food tech/science topic for this last half term. They also made matzah bread to consolidate their learning about Passover in RE.

Year 5 have made volcano buns while they were studying volvanos in Geography.

Year 4 had a choice to make space cakes or Easter cookies

Year 3 made bug biscuits earlier in the yearas part of their minibeast topic and have just finished making fruit muffins as part of their food tech for this half term.

Some children were also lucky enough to take part in our Red Nose Day cooking,  challenge days and lunchtime cooking club, when we make yummy chocolate cookies.

Many thanks to the small army of “cooking mums” and “grandma” who have regularly come in to school to help the children. Without them the children would not have this opportunity from which they learn so much and get so much enjoyment.

If anyone feels enthused to help next year, it can be suited to your availability, so please let me know 🙂 The children and I would love to see you………

[Written by Ms Bowen ~ Food Tech Manager]

Roman Chariot Racing in T3!

As part of our DT work on the Romans this term, children in Year 3 made chariots, using spar (wood), card and decorative materials.

Children used a wood/card base to support an axle, with a selection of carefully chosen wheels, with an aim of racing these on the school field!

Children worked very hard, sawing, cutting and preparing their Roman soldiers ready for the great tournament.

As you can see from the pictures, children were sensible and careful in their designing and making, using a variety of decorations to make their chariot stand out.

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After the construction stage, children in T3 went out onto the field to race their chariots, using a Roman-style winding system to winch their work towards the finish line! During the races (with the crowd chanting and cheering as if they were in the great Colosseum) Roman soldiers toppled from their chariots, some crashed, others spilled their precious cargo of multilink en route and in one savage incident, a chariot was upturned and run-over by another – much to the amusement of the watching mob!

As you can see from the great arena, despite not having a Circus Maximus  of our own, the children remained absorbed throughout the tournament, eagerly entertained by the events unfolding in front of them! The overall winner, only dropping one multilink along the course, was Joshuaricus – who left with a Roman Horrible Histories goody bag! Well Done Josh-icus!

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[Written by Mr Thorns]

S6’s Fairground Rides!

S6 have been very busy in D.T. making miniature models of fairground rides- making them proved more difficult than it first seemed as they needed to use their knowledge of circuit building skills to make it run and their creative skills to build them and make them attractive and flamboyant.

One of the created rides!

The equipment we needed to use was:

  • Spar
  • Dowel
  • Paper triangles
  • PVA glue
  • Hot glue from glue guns
  • Batteries
  • Battery holders
  • Card,
  • Elastic bands
  • Pegs
  • Motors
  • Wires
  • Motor holders
  • Paper clips

Decorative materials of our choice.

The tools we needed were:

  • Hacksaws
  • Bench hooks
  • Glue guns
  • Safety goggle
  • Trays for glue guns
A artistic carousel design!
An artistic ferris wheel named ‘Head In The Clouds’.

We started off by designing our rides. Next we built and sawed our frames, some children found this harder than was expected as we had to have the exact measurements. After that we began to fit the motor, motor holders, wires, batteries and battery holders in a working circuit so that it would turn the dowel!

After the main frame of our rides were built and sturdy, we made a start on decorating our rides making them more appealing to any passers-by. Now they look as good as real life fairgrounds rides also, they work like them too!

A great fly-high teacup ride!


[Written by S6 Digital Leaders and Miss Smith]

Rocket Flights in D&T Challenge Afternoon!

As part of the school’s motto in “Striving for the Best in Everyone” children with particular talents and abilities in Design and Technology took part in a Challenge Afternoon, working with me (as DT Manager) on a NASA design project.

This afternoon, children initially made paper aeroplanes – which despite sounding easy, was actually remarkably challenging! Using designs from the NASA engineering site and working on several of the projects from the NASA flight testing programme, children built f-16 Falcons, Centurion Drone aircraft, the Scramjet and the famous Space Shuttle.

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Later in the session, children used foam “rocket pods” ready to be launched from a compressed air launcher, which would form the basis of a long distance flying aircraft structure. Pupils explored using a range of different materials, trying different construction techniques and working on improving and modifying their new designs. To conclude, the children then competed in a ‘launch off’ to decide who had created the most effective flight design.

As you can see from the images (including the scoreboard!) children did exceptionally well, with the overall winning aircraft travelling nearly 6m through the library!

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**Templates for the aircraft can be down loaded here from the NASA site**

[Written by Mr Thorns]

Anne Dale visit CEMAST…

On Friday 23rd of January 2015 a group of pupils visited CEMAST in Lee-on-Solent which is a fantastic new engineering college and part of Fareham College. The centre has state of the art workshop facilities where courses are offered in marine, aviation, automotive and other engineering subjects.

We were given a tour of the college and then challenged to build our own balloon powered cars themed on the Project Bloodhound car that will hopefully be the first to exceed 1,000 miles an hour! Our balloon powered constructions were not aiming quite as high but the competition to travel the furthest was still fiercely contested! The eventual winners were Team PJ.

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IMG_20150123_135827The construction gets underway

IMG_20150123_140123The basic car chassis

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 The children had a fantastic time and throroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get an insight into the work of the people at CEMAST and to explore the creative engineering that they teach.

Here is what some of the pupils thought of their visit:
Some people may think it is boring but it’s really quite interesting” – Emily
I want to come here” – Kierra
I’ve just decided this afternoon I want to be an engineer” – Finlay

[Written by Mr Hobbs (who had far too much fun as well!)]

Designing Moving Animals in Year 3 DT…

T3 had great fun planning our moving animals in our DT work. We had all sorts of bits of animals – we had lions, tigers, bears, parrots and lots more different kinds of animal parts. We also had lots of fun sticking them into our DT books and looking at all of the different adorable animal parts on lots of bits of paper. If you looked round our classroom you would be amazed at all of our work. We had great fun sticking with PVA glue.

We also had great fun using some of Mr Thorns’ highlighters to draw in our books. We are also having fun at the end crawling around picking up all of the bits of paper on the floor!

Lots of people I know will probably have a great night sleep. We have all had a great time this afternoon and probably have an even louder time when we are properly building them in a few weeks time.

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[Written by Jack B & Mr Thorns]