Subject Leader: Miss K Bennett
At Kennington CE Academy design and technology is an inspiring and practical subject. The purpose of DT education is to give pupils knowledge and skills that can be used in real life situations. Children are encouraged to work independently or as part of a team to design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts and fit for a purpose. Where possible we try and link the children’s DT lessons to topic work and it also allows them to draw on areas of math, science, art and computing. Design and technology helps all children to become discerning and informed consumers and potential innovators.
SMSC in DT at Kennington CE Academy
Meet our DT Directors
The DT directors are here to support teachers and pupils within design technology lessons here at Kennington Academy.
Our responsibilities include:
- Assisting class teachers with any preparation needed for DT.
- Assisting the DT subject lead by talking to the school in worships and helping run competitions.
- Ensuring the DT resources are cleaned and correctly stored once they have been used.
- Collecting pupil voice and finding out about the children’s views on DT in their class.
- Sharing our fantastic DT knowledge.
- Being advocates in exploring products and the world around us.
- Finding ways to promote DT across the school.
Year 5 – Structure
Children in year 5 have designed and built a toy dolls house in a Tudor style. They have practiced and developed their use of a hacksaw to be able to cut wood accurately. They have used the glue gun as a way to join the wooden strips to make a framework. Here are some of the finished products.
Year 3- Moving Mechanisms
Children have been learning about different moving mechanisms that can be used in card making. They practiced different types of sliders, pop-ups, flaps and rotators. They then used their knowledge of these different movements to design a Christmas card with moving parts. Here are some of the finished designs.
In sewing club children have been practicing their hand stitches and using the sewing machine. They all worked on sewing their own small purse with a snap closing.
They have also been working on sewing felt to create their own pin cushion.
They are currently working on sewing their own PE bags come back soon for an update.
Children are learning to use the sewing machine to be able to sew their own PE bag. They are also hand sewing their names or initials on to the outside of their bag.
Inspired by the Bake Off which is currently being shown on the television a cake competition was held in school to find our own star baker. Linked to our theme week for the term ‘Garden of Kent’ children were asked to design a cake or cupcakes that would represent this theme. Some children thought about the food that is harvested and produced in Kent to design their cake, some picked famous landmarks in Kent to decorate their cakes and some used Kentish ingredients to make their cakes. Some of the designs for the cakes and the final products are shown below. Which design idea do you like and why?
Congratulations to all the fantastic entries. The cakes were judged by Mrs Bennett, Anna the school cook and the chair of the friends. Each year group had a winner and there was one overall star baker.
Finally, all the cakes were sold after school to help raise funds for the friends of the school.