Category Archives: D&T

Egyptian Cuffs

Over the past few weeks Bluebirds have designed and then sewn their Egyptian Cuffs. Bluebirds used many skills to complete this task including using a running stich to make a seam and sticking the gems and sequins on with a glue gun. 
Bluebirds will now evaluate what worked well about their cuffs and what could be improved.  
As you can see, they did a fantastic job on their cuffs.

Canopic Jars

On Friday last week, Bluebirds designed and made canopic jars in clay. This afternoon they painted them. We used metallic paint as canopic jars were usually decorated in rich, opulent colours.
Ancient Egyptians used these to store the lungs, stomach, intestines, and liver because they believed the dead person would need them ready for the afterlife. Bluebirds are extremely proud of their fantastic Canopic jars. We had some fantastic creations.

Stone Age Soup

Bluebirds have been looking at the process of soup making from growing the vegetables to how it ends up in a tin.
They made their own vegetable soup using the ingredients that they chose e.g. sweet potato, croquets, and green beans.
The children peeled, cut, and cooked their soup until it was ready to eat.
Most of the children seemed to enjoy the tasting of the soup the best!

Market Research

Bluebirds were very busy this afternoon being taste testers as they are going to be designing and making Stone Age soup.  First they needed to research the existing marketplace.  There were 5 flavours to smell and taste.  Here are the results of the class favourites!
Mixed vegetable soup – 12
Pea and Mint – 6
Carrot and Parsnip – 4
Chick Pea and Spinach – 2
Leek and Potato – 1

Making pencil cases

Bluebirds have been busily learning and practising their running stitch, back stitch and over stitch recently. This week they have measured and cut out their material carefully. Yesterday, everyone decided which stitch to use and began sewing the sides up of their pencil case. Lots of perseverance and patience was needed. It was busier than Santa’s workshop! Next, Bluebirds will be attaching their button and decorating them.

Planning pencil cases!

Bluebirds have been looking at a range of pencil cases to find out what type of fasteners can be used and what materials are used. Afterwards, the class used a design sheet to plan their own pencil case which they are going to make. They had to consider what materials and equipment would be needed along with thinking how they would join the case together, ensuring it would be the right size and planning the decoration.

Moving Easter Cards evaluation

Bluebirds performed self evaluations on their Easter Cards. They had to consider whether they were pleased with their product, what had worked well and what they had learnt from it or would do differently next time, if they made it again. Most pupils were pleased with their final piece.

Others reflected upon cutting or gluing more carefully and accurately to make the card move more smoothly and effectively. Some children reflected on the appearance of the card and decided they would colour in neater or choose a different colour scheme.

Moving Easter cards!

Bluebirds have carefully planned and designed their Easter Cards with moving parts.

They had to follow instructions and demonstrate accurate cutting and gluing skills to ensure the moving parts worked. Plenty of perseverance was needed but cards look super at the end of the lesson!