Making lifeboats in DT

After learning that the character Samson, from our class novel, Samson’s Titanic Journey, fell into the icy water of the Atlantic Ocean after the Titanic crashed into an iceberg, we decided to create lifeboats to rescue him. We needed to make a boat that could move in water and float, so first we researched different types of boats and how they moved. We learnt that some boats use sails, some use oars and some use propellers. We explored how to create propeller using elastic bands. Then we thought about what we could use to make the boat. We realised that cardboard is not waterproof because it would get soggy and break / sink. This led us to think about how we could make the cardboard base waterproof by covering it with a waterproof material. Then we planned our boats with our partners. thinking about whether to use tin foil or tape to make the boat waterproof. Next we decided what we would use to make a barrier around the edge of the boat to stop Samson falling off.

Once we had our plans we worked as team ant to collaborate with our partners and create the boat. Here are some photos of us hard at work!

The Great Fire of London

On Monday we decided to celebrate the end of our topic by recreating the Great Fire of London in our playground! We used the houses that we had made in DT to set out some of the streets of London outside. Then we watched as the fire started and then spread between the houses, just like in the real events of 1666. It was amazing to see our learning brought to life and we really enjoyed singing London’s Burning and watching the flames spread. A few of the houses survive, just like in the real Great Fire of London.

Finishing our model houses

This week we have finished making our 17th century houses. We used brown paint to add on the wooden beams, then used paper and cardboard to add windows and doors. Some of us chose to use straw for the roof whilst others used paper or paint.

Here are some of our finished products. We are very excited to use them to recreate the Great Fire of London on Monday!

Making 17th century houses

As part of our topic, the Great Fire of London, we designed and have started to make our own 17th century houses. To start with we looked at lots of pictures of houses from London from before the fire, discussing the materials that they were built from. Then we drew a picture of our designs, thinking about what we would use to create each part.

To creat3 our houses we first watched the teacher model the technique and then imitated this ourselves, helping each other and sharing tips. First we created roofs and the used papier-mâché to strengthen the boxes and create a more textured surface. We got very messy, ripping pieces of newspaper and applying them to the box with a mixture of PVA glue and water.

Next, once the boxes had dried, we painted them with a base coat of white. Next week we will paint on brown beams and add doors and windows.