Through a variety of creative and practical activities, pupils should be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making. They should work in a range of relevant contexts [for example, the home and school, gardens and playgrounds, the local community, industry and the wider environment].
When designing and making, pupils should be taught to:
The children began their learning by exploring a variety of puppets, their features and what they are used for. They used this information to create beautiful front covers for our topic.The children went on to learn sewing skills such as threading needles, tying knots and creating a running stitch. During this time, the children were showing amazing resilience and teamwork skills too. The children went on to design and make their own glove puppets. They had to use a template to create the shape, use the running stitch to secure the edges and add the details needed to match their design. The children spent time evaluating their puppets and comparing them to their original designs. The children were super excited to use their puppets, to help create an amazing puppet show the children wrote their own puppet stories including their puppet character and a puppet character belonging to someone else in the class.
To consolidate our learning, we were joined by Alice, a professional puppeteer from Burnley Youth Theatre. She amazed us with her puppets and taught us new skills to help us to perform. She involved us in activities which helped us to learn how to work as a team to move larger puppets. She also gave us the opportunity to make another puppet and create our own puppet shows with our teams. We had lots of fun and there were lots of laughter!!
The children researched Anderson shelters using Ipads and drawing what they found. The children then they had to design their own. They were asked to add dimensions to their plans and annotate drawings to show what they would add, how to colour and what colours to use. Some ch used tissue paper to create flowers or veg such as carrots and cabbages. Other ch used card to create sandbags or scrunched paper to create bushes.
The children evaluated their final products at the end of the project.
Last half term, children in year 4 investigated alarms. They incorporated their learning from science to design and create their own alarm products. Children created their alarms to catch those naughty elves! Some alarms used buzzers and others used a range of lights. All the children created their own switches to trigger their alarms.
This half term, year 4 are putting their sewing skills to the test! We have been looking at pencil cases for our product. We have been looking at the different features, what the purpose is and what they need to be like to be a good pencil case. We have learnt how to create different fastening and we have been practising different sewing techniques such as a back stitch, running stitch and a whip stitch. Later this term, children will design and create their own pencil cases.