Design & Technology

As part of the investigation into ancient machines we looked at how levers, pulleys and gears worked. We did this by testing out simple machines such as a catapult and by reading about ancient designers such as Archimedes. We also learnt about the effect of forces in Science and discovered how the Norwich Cathedral was built in Norman times.

We worked together to create prototypes of machines and used our knowledge of the mechanical systems to consider how we could solve the problem of moving an item from one height to another safely and considered how ancient mechanics are relevant to the global world today.

Y5 Trip to Norwich Cathedral

Norman Life and Legacy

We all went on a trip to the amazing Norwich Cathedral. We found out about this building as a place of worship both now and in the past and we learnt about how ancient engineers and crafts people built this magnificent building. We also learnt about the people who worked and lived in the Cathedral and also thought about the geography of the building in relation to the river, the city and the castle.

We had a wonderful trip and we enjoyed sharing all we have learnt about the Normans as well as asking questions to find out more. This trip has helped us to understand how people or a group of people can make a difference to the world around them. We hope that you get to visit one day.

DT: Cooking & Nutrition- Making Pancakes

Yum, yum, yum in our tum, tum, tum.

Within this series of lessons we learnt how to:

  • Crack an egg
  • Read scales to measure amounts in grammes
  • Measure amounts in ml
  • Measure amounts using measuring spoons
  • Beat a mixture together

We also practised:

  • Using a hot pan safely
  • Using a knife to chop safely
  • Reading and following a recipe carefully and accurately
  • Working together safely in a kitchen

Before making the pancakes, we designed what we wanted our finished pancake to look like and decided what we would like in our pancakes. We followed the recipe to make a batter and chopped the ingredients before using following our designs to create the finished pancake.

We cooperated well in the kitchen and cooked together as a team. The end results were delicious and we decided that as a year group we preferred sweet pancakes over savoury. If you would like to have a go at whipping up some batter then please follow the link in the ‘learning together’ section of the school website. We look forward to hearing about which toppings you like.

West Earlham Junior School
Scarnell Road, Norwich NR5 8HT

Telephone: 01603 454569
Email: office@westearlhamjunior.norfolk.sch.uk

Headteacher: Mrs Catrin Eyers
School Business Manager: Mrs Beverley Savage