Home Learning Projects

Home based learning tasks

Design Technology consists of four main elements: Plan, Design, Make and Evaluate.
 
Each year group has been given a task to complete at home. This task can be completed by your child or with your child.
 
Please don't forget to send in pictures of designs your child has made so that they can be showcased on the website.
 

Please find below a list of useful websites for Design Technology home based learning.


You can still complete the aspect of design if it is difficult to access the necessary resources to make and complete a your product.

 

https://www.kapowprimary.com/ They have made a selection of suitable topics free for home and distance learning.

https://designmuseum.org/# A great place for children to access information on key designers, from Isambard Kingdom Brunel to Vivienne Westwood (part of the KS2 curriculum). Also has a Young Design Museum section with various project ideas.

https://www.deliaonline.com/ This site is not only full of recipes but has a cookery school section which has a skills section and various lessons required for good, home cooked food.

https://www.jamieoliver.com/ Again lots of recipes but also a ‘learn’ section. This also links to his channel 4 programme ‘Jamie: Keep cooking an Carry on.’ This may be a nice way to involve all the family.

https://www.robives.com/ Lots of ideas on here for mechanisms, some are charged (£2.50 each) but he also has a blog and you can probably use the images to create a project without having to pay for instructions. He’s also on Instagram with detailed plans.

https://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/home There’s a great section on here for learning – with project ideas linking science and DT. You are also able to explore the museum and some collections link well to DT, eg Teasmade.

https://www.stem.org.uk/ Loads on here – projects, home learning activities, teaching points.

Reception
 
Build a house
 
Before a house can be built, an architect has to draw what is to be built. Reception children, you will become architects! You will start by drawing your house then building your design.
 
Build a house for yourself. You will be designing and making a house for yourself or your favourite character/toy.
 
Plan: think about the materials you will need. What the house will look like? What colour will the house be? What features will the house have - front door, how many windows, chimney, steps, pipes.
 
Design: Now draw what the house will look like.
 
Make:Using the required materials, make the house based on the design.
 
Evaluate: is there anything that needs to change? Could the house have been made a different way? Is there anything that can be improved?
If you were to make it again, what changes would be made?
 
 
Learning outcomes: drawing, making models, cutting, sticking, exploring shapes, textures, materials and reflecting on their work.
 
 
Year 1
 
Make a money box
 
A money box is used to keep money safe from spending. Alternatively you can make a charity box and the money collected can be given to the less fortunate.
 
 Plan: You’ll need a box or can which you can make a slot in at the top for the money to go in. This can be any material - a cereal box, a shoe box, tupperware or even a tin can (beans).
 
Design: What will the money box look like on the outside? Which colours will you use? What design will be on the outside? Think about the patterns you will use.
Is there a theme, Christmas, Easter, Ramadan, Hanukkah, Vaisakhi?
  

Make: Together, decide how to create a flap through which the money box can be opened. You can then decorate the outside of the 'box'. 

 

Evaluate: is there anything that needs to change? Could you have made the money box a different way? Is there anything that can be improved?
If you were to make it again, what changes would be made?
 

Learning outcomes: Collecting, assembling and combining materials, cutting, painting, gluing and sticking.

 

 

Year 2
 
Design a moving vehicle.

Take a look at the video to inspire you. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YSqj1c8fBns
 

Your task is to plan, design and make a moving vehicle. You can make the vehicle using items you have in your home.


With an adult, think about parts of a car. Which part of the car helps it to move?
Think about the style, weight and design of the car. How can you make your own?

 

Plan: Think about the equipment you will need: which items will you need? How many items will you need? What shape will your items need to be.

Design: What will your vehicle look like once it is completed? Design and draw your vehicle.

Make: Using the items and equipment in your plan, put your plan and design together.

Evaluate: is there anything that needs to change? Could the vehicle have been made a different way? Is there anything that can be improved?
If you were to make it again, what changes would be made?
 
 
Learning outcomes: drawing, making models, exploring shapes, textures, materials and reflecting on their work.
 

 

Year 3

Design a photo frame.

 

Take a look at the video for inspiration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZfKPpucr5w
Your task is to plan, design and make a photo frame.

You can make the frame using items you have in your home.

With an adult, think about parts of a photo frame.

How does it stand up? How does it look? How easy is it to put a photograph in? How well does it display the photograph? Who would use it? What kind of picture is it for? Where would it stand?

Plan: Think about the equipment you will need: which items will you need? How many items will you need? What shape will the outside be? Which parts will it use to balance? What kind of stand support will you need? Where can you attach this?  What will you use to make the support?

 

Design: What will you need the frame to do in order to be successful?
1. Stand up supported only by its stand
2. Display a photograph
3. Easy to get photo in and out

How will your frame look?
Think about:

Basic frame shape (think of user’s preferences)
Size of frame
Front and back view
How it will stand up
Colours and design
Think about who your frame is for, is there a theme you can add to your design?
Materials to be used for the frame and for the decoration.

 

Make: Using the items and equipment in your plan, put your plan and design together. Be careful when using scissors and other sharp objects.

 

Evaluate: is there anything that needs to change? Could you have made the money box a different way? Is there anything that can be improved? If you were to make it again, what changes would be made?

 

Learning outcomes: rolling, folding, layering, joining and reflecting on their work.

Year 4
 
Design a pop up storybook
 

Your task is to design a pop up story book.
Have a look at this one:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=no7w5sf_ZQM

 

Your task is to make a storybook with pop up pictures. You can choose the theme of your story, either a book you have already read or make your own up!

 

Plan: what theme will you base your book on? Plan your story, what is your book going to be about? What text will be on each page? What pop up will be on each page? Think about the colours you will use. How many pages will you have? Which materials will you need?

 

Design: Design the front cover of your book. Design the parts which will pop up on each page. Design where your text will go, at the top, middle or bottom of the page. Add the colours you will use to make your storybook stand out.

 

To help you make your storybook, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ0_a3jYRlI

 

Make: Using your plan and design start making your book in chronological order:
Start with the front cover and work through until you reach the end of your story.

 

Evaluate: is there anything that needs to change? Could you have made the money box a different way? Is there anything that can be improved? If you were to make it again, what changes would be made?

 

Learning outcomes: joing, cutting, sticking, evaluating and reflecting on your work, designing a product fit for a purpose.

 

Year 5

Structure: Build a bridge that opens and closes


Your task is to plan, design and make a bridge that open and closes. The bridge will need to be strong enough and you can test this using a toy car or a small, heavy object.

https://www.designboom.com/technology/10-amazing-movable-bridges-around-the-world-07-14-2017/

 

You can make the bridge using items you have in your home. Take a look at the videos below which have used spaghetti and lollypop sticks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTdQL2KeTn0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9niGbPGqs8



Plan: Think about the equipment you will need: which items will you need? How many items will you need? What will your bridge look like? Which parts will it use to balance? What can you use to support your bridge in standing up? Where can you attach this?  What will you use to make the support?
Research 4 main types of bridges: beam, arch, cantilever and suspension.

 

Design: What will you need the bridge to do in order to be successful?
How will your bridge look?
Think about:
Size
Front and back view
How it will stand up
Colours and design
Materials – which material will be best to use to make your bridge strong.

 

Make: Using the items and equipment in your plan, put your plan and design together. Be careful when using scissors and other sharp objects.

 

Evaluate: is there anything that needs to change? Could you have made the bridge a different way? Is there anything that can be improved? If you were to make it again, what changes would be made?

 

Learning outcomes: researching existing bridges, designing products fit for a purpose, using a wide range of tools to join and cut, using a wide range of materials, reflecting on their work.

Year 6
 
Design a fairground ride