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Non Excidet

Aquisition of knowledge and skills

Moving Posters


Year 3 thoroughly enjoyed learning about levers and linkages.They have had a great time investigating the different ways sliders, linkages and levers can be used to make their poster move. Their 'Non-Excidet' mindset was impressive and was definitely the key to the many successes that followed.


After uncovering the basis of a mechanical system the pupil's looked at examples of mechanical systems in the real world and began investigating the tools that can be used in a mechanical system.


'My favourite object to investigate was the Gruffalo book. When you slide the levers it brings the characters to life, as they move from left to right.' - Sofia

Cooking and Nutrition


Whilst studying the cooking and nutrition aspect of D&T, every child in Year 3 researched, designed, made and evaluated the iterative process of creating a healthy toast topping and fruit salad. After developing our understanding of the importance of healthy and nutritious food, the making process began!

"The bridge and claw technique really helped me when slicing my orange because it was very slippery and the juices kept squirting out." - Ruby, C3


"My favourite part of the day was when I cut the food using the plastic knife. I cut strawberries, kiwi and apple." - Sebastian, C1


"I found spreading the tuna onto the toast to be a little tricky, I'm going to practise this at home so I get better at it. Then, I'll be able to make my own toast and healthy toppings at home whenever I want to with my mum and dad!" - Lewis, C3

Moving pictures


To begin with, we learnt about the history of moving pictures including exploring some of the first moving picture books including exploring simple pop up books. We then looked at examples of levers and linkages in order to develop an understanding of how moving pictures work and how we could use them to create our very own moving pictures. 

"I enjoyed learning about the technical knowledge before we created our own moving images - it was so much fun!"- Keara, C2


"We learned about sliders, levers and linkages. I liked that we could design our own cards and decide which mechanisms to use."- Callum, C2


"After evaluating my product, I decided that next time I would include an extra pivot so that I could have another star shooting across the sky."- Ava, C2