DT and Writing Challenge - Explanation Texts
Last week’s writing challenge was a test of the children's know how and your patience! Linked with DT, the children were tasked with explaining a device or a modern invention to someone from the past or a grandparent. Have at our children's fantastic writing.
So, we have been at home for several weeks now, staying safe. You will have played many games but the fifth game of Monopoly, that will never finish, seems like a boring prospect.
Therefore, this week’s challenge is to research, design and make your own board game!
You will need to follow the research -> design -> make processes.
Firstly, it may be helpful to gather some useful bits and bobs from around your house, such as;
Decorative items, i.e. pom poms, glitter, stickers
Then you will need to research other board games to gather together ideas of what you like and what you don’t like. Think carefully about features that you will want to include in your game. You won’t be able to make a good game by heading straight to the design stage.
Then start planning your board game.
Once you have a firm idea of what you want to achieve, then start making. It will probably take you a day or two to accomplish the first two stages. Then another day at least to make. Be critical and change your design as you go. That’s fine. Most importantly have fun.
Finally, test out your game with other members of your house. Email your photos of your final product to firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to your creations!
DT Challenge 2
Hopefully you will have completed the first St Cecilia’s DT Challenge and designed and created your very own board game! There have been some amazing examples, you should check them out on our Twitter page!
Now the design process hasn’t finished just yet…
research -> design -> make -> evaluate
The final stage is to evaluate! Below are some help sheets for evaluating your products. You should think carefully about who the product was designed for, maybe your family members or a younger audience, as this will help you to evaluate. You could even do a questionnaire to gather responses to questions about your board game.
Content coming soon!
At St Cecilia’s School we recognise that children are living in a vastly changing technological world. Design and technology is an opportunity for our children to learn skills to become global citizens.
Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of curriculum projects, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on areas of reading, mathematics, science, computing and art. Pupils learn how to manage risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world.
During the summer term, lucky Year 4 children were selected to visit Cardinal Heenan School for a design project.
Children began by looking at and discussing some money containers. Then they designed their own, looking at patterns and colour. Moving on, children then made their own money boxes using an incredible machine that lasered their names on!
At the end, we evaluated each other's design and thanked the teachers and helpers.
Year 4 have been utilising their science knowledge of electricity to make circuits. They used this to make a working shoe box alarm! Well done Year 4!