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Designing and Building Software at Key Stage One

From the Nuffield Foundation, these activities allow children to work in teams to design and build a piece of interactive, multimedia presentation software for other children to enjoy and learn from. The teams produce one final product and test their design ideas on the target audience, which may be another class...

Storing Our Stuff

In this resource from Teachers TV, children from Brecknock School in North London work on an aspect of school improvement with a designer William Warren. The idea for this project comes from The Sorrell Foundation and is called the Joinedupdesignforschools project.

Children look at the problem they have...

Primary Cross Curriculum - Making Bags

This resource from Teachers TV follows Rebecca Higgins and Daniella Mana from Newtown Primary School in Shropshire. The teachers present three great practical lesson ideas around design and technology, all involving making bags.

The first part of the programme shows how children use their knowledge of two...

Primary Design and Technology

In this Teachers TV programme, three design and technology products are put to the test in classrooms around the country. They are then reviewed by an expert panel composed of Professor Clare Benson, director of the Centre for Resource Curriculum Development in Primary Technology (CRIPT) at UCE Birmingham, Ray...

Fundamentals of Design - Moving Pictures

In this resource from Teachers TV the need for more design and evaluation in Key Stage One is explored. An Ofsted report highlights that often more focus is put on making the final product and children are not given the time to gain the knowledge and understanding to make their own products.

Teacher Teresa...

Fundamentals of Design - Virtual Pets

In this resource from Teachers TV, Key Stage Two teacher Pauline Hannigan delivers a three day project on virtual pets to her mixed Year Five and Six class. Throughout the programme, Cornwall LEA Design and Technology advisor David Prest and fellow primary teacher Teresa Wilton discuss which aspects of the project...

Toby Oliver - Making Bridges

In this resource from Teachers TV, Primary STEM Ambassador Toby Oliver inspires and engages a Year Five class with a bridge building activity. Toby is a track engineer for London Underground who was inspired at school by his physics lessons and wants to help schools deliver engaging engineering lessons.

At...

Colour in Our Hall

In this resource from Teachers TV, children from Beacon Primary School in Cornwall work on an aspect of school improvement with designer Kevin McCloud. The idea for this project comes from The Sorrell Foundation and is called the Joinedupdesignforschools project, which gives children a major say in how an aspect...

Vertically Challenged

Aimed at primary level, the activities within this pack demonstrate key ideas and concepts used in designing and constructing buildings such as: how levers and pulleys work, the properties of materials and the forces involved in different structures.

Activities include: making a lever to lift a grown up,...

Aerial Models

The Teaching Primary Science book Aerial models concerns activities which are likely to arouse interest, excitement, enterprise and competition. The book recognises that whilst these actions can be used as stimuli leading to scientific work, measurement and the acquisition of new knowledge, there can be problems in...

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