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Design Technology @ Denbigh CPS

Subject Lead: Mrs Gulston

Design Technology (DT) at Denbigh is taught through designated DT weeks, which are undertaken termly. Staff teach children a range of skills that are progressive across the age range of the children.

In Foundation Stage, learning objectives are taken from the Early Years Outcomes, usually from the strand of Expressive Arts and Design.  Staff use the objectives they feel the children will need to cover to develop their key skills until they reach the Early Learning Goal. This is done through continuous provision and through targeted teaching based around a theme or topic.

In KS1 and KS2, staff allocate objectives across the year, using appropriate curriculum coverage based on need and key skills. The tasks are made to support the topic area e.g. a Tudor house, Egyptian headdress or Victorian bridges. This helps the children to develop a deeper understanding of their topic knowledge via the practical aspect of Design Technology.

At Denbigh we use a variety of teaching and learning styles in order to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding. We provide children with opportunities to experiment and explore a range of media and tools, in order to make discoveries for themselves. We provide guidance through specific teaching of a range of techniques and use tools, as is appropriate, to the age and stage of development of the children.

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Year 5 also visited Broxfield Farm today. Whilst we were there, we were lucky enough to go on a tractor trailer ride into the fields to learn all about the cows and their life cycles. We then went into the barn to learn about how different crops are grown and produced. We had a go at making our own flour using the flour mills. What a brilliant way to end a fantastic day! #dcpsdolphin #dcpslotc #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

More of Year 5’s visit today. We spent our afternoon exploring the Science Centre and its exhibit - Game On. We loved trying out the retro games especially as we are currently working on creating our own version of Pac Man as part of our computing topic! #dcpsdolphin #dcpsstem #dcpscomputing #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Year 5 had a fantastic day at the Centre for Life. We visited the planetarium to learn all about the constellations and the different planets in our solar system, followed by a Destination Space workshop where we took charge of robotic arms and discovered some of the challenges of wearing a spacesuit. We couldn’t believe that astronauts have to wear nappies on a spacewalk! #dcpsdolphin #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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Kyle had a fantastic time thank you .

Jordie loved it wants t go back 😁

Mark really enjoyed it

Science club fun this lunchtime in Year 1 and 2. Today’s experiment was Drop the Astronaut. We had to design our rockets, then decide how best to protect the Astronauts for the bumpy ride back to Earth! We could choose bubble wrap, pasta, cotton wool, foil or paper. Our rockets were fabulous, unfortunately some of the Astronauts ‘cracked’ under the pressure. #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Year 1 had a brilliant week during our final STEM week. We learnt all about; different types of plants and trees, what plants need to grow and how plants give us food. We ended the week by planting our own bean plants. #dcpspolarbears #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Dragons explored the school looking for different plants and flowers. We selected different types, then worked together to create a PicCollage explaining where we found the plants and the different conditions they like to grow in. #dcpsdragons #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

Today the dinos have been exploring the different conditions in which plants grow. We searched for different plants around school then worked together to create a PicCollage to explain the conditions which the plants we found liked to grow in.
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Year 1 Polar Bears had another fantastic trip to Wallsend Park. We explored the changes from Autumn to Summer, created pieces of artwork with leaves and learnt all about different trees and how to identify them.

Their behaviour was outstanding all day! Well done Polar Bears.

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Year 2 have continued on with their journey into plant life. Today it was time to think about where all plant life starts from - the humble seed. We were amazed by how different looking seeds can be and had a great time trying to figure out what different seeds could grow into. We thought about how a seed germinates to become a plant and how the seeds released from that plant is the start of a new plant lifecycle. We were able to link a plant lifecycle with that of a frog, a human and a chicken.
This of course brought about the age old question - what came first? The chicken or the egg? The plant or the seed? Can one exist without the other?
28 year 2 minds blown by this very conundrum!
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Year 2 have continued on with their journey into plant life. Today it was time to think about where all plant life starts from - the humble seed. We were amazed by how different looking seeds can be and had a great time trying to figure out what different seeds could grow into. We thought about how a seed germinates to become a plant and how the seeds released from that plant is the start of a new plant lifecycle. We were able to link a plant lifecycle with that of a frog, a human and a chicken. 
This of course brought about the age old question - what came first? The chicken or the egg? The plant or the seed? Can one exist without the other? 
28 year 2 minds blown by this very conundrum!
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This afternoon we looked at lots of different types of seeds. We tried to work out which seed grew into which plant, which was trickier than we thought! Then we found out the difference between a fruit and a vegetable, before using our magnifying glasses to take a closer look at different types of seeds, including those in fruit. #dcpsdragons #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

As part of STEM week, we decided to see what it was like to be a seed and follow the life cycle of a plant. We started off as seeds in the ground, before water and sunlight gave us the energy we needed to start growing. Then we went through the cycle of being a shoot, growing a bud and becoming a flower before finally using up all our energy and dropping our new seeds to the ground, to start the life cycle all over again. #dcpsdragons #dcpsstem ... See MoreSee Less

Year 4 Elephants exploring our school grounds to discover what habitats are around us! We had to think about how animals have adapted to their environments! #dcpselephants #dcpsyear4 #dcpsstem #dcpslotc ... See MoreSee Less

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