Mere School Curriculum Statement
At Mere School we believe all our children have the right to succeed, to have high aspirations for their future lives and develop who they are in a respectful and caring environment. Our school ethos is firmly rooted in our school vision - 'We enjoy - we learn - we achieve'.
Design and technology is an inspiring, rigorous and practical subject. Using creativity and imagination, pupils design and make products that solve real and relevant problems within a variety of contexts, considering their own and others’ needs, wants and values. They acquire a broad range of subject knowledge and draw on disciplines such as mathematics, science, engineering, computing and art. Pupils learn how to take risks, becoming resourceful, innovative, enterprising and capable citizens. Through the evaluation of past and present design and technology, they develop a critical understanding of its impact on daily life and the wider world. High-quality design and technology education makes an essential contribution to the creativity, culture, wealth and well-being of the nation.
In accordance with the New National Curriculum 2014, at Mere School we aim to:
- develop the creative, technical and practical expertise needed to perform everyday tasks confidently and to participate successfully in an increasingly technological world
- build and apply a repertoire of knowledge, understanding and skills in order to design and make high-quality prototypes and products for a wide range of users
- critique, evaluate and test their ideas and products and the work of others
- understand and apply the principles of nutrition and learn how to cook.
Silver Class Bread making
We made bread as a link to Science and History. We talked about the bakery that burnt down causing the Great Fire of London, and discussed how materials change and can be manipulated.
DT Day 27.9.17
On Wednesday 27th September 2017 we had a Design Technology day.
We were delighted to be offered the opportunity for our older children to work with technologists from the Dyson Foundation.
Our younger classes were involved in a whole range of different activities including a kite making workshop run by local residents, computing activities run by one of our parents and a cooking workshop run by ABC Cookery.
In the morning the children took part in a workshop discussing and thinking about what an engineer looked like and what they did.
In the afternoon the children had a go at 3 different activities; Balloon kebabs - sticking a kebab stick through a balloon with out it popping! Geodesic Domes - building structures with jelly sweets and cocktail sticks, and Floating Ping Pong Balls - using hair dryers to make balls move.
We are very lucky to have a parent who is willing to share his time and knowledge with us, Steve Brown ran some Scratch workshops with our older children.
Anybody Can Cook
Our younger children had the fantastic opportunity to work with some lovely ladies from Anybody Can Cook. They used their maths skills to weigh, halve and quarter their ingredients, and learnt how to chop food safely. They made 'couscous sandcastles'.
We were very lucky that local residents John and Janet Elvin, members of 'Brighton Kite Flyers', kindly came and spent the morning with Year 3 and 4 and taught them how to build a kite. The children then had a great time taking them outside to fly them.
George Revill from the MoD spent the day with KS1. He gave the children a talk about 'Things that Fly' and then helped them all to make paper aeroplanes before the children took their constructions outside to fly them.
We are very lucky to have had these visitors in school, and we all had a fantastic day.
Below are a few pictures from the day, please look at individual class pages for many more photos.