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.

Autumn 2 Trip to Norwich Cathedral

We have been thinking about our inquiry question “How can one person make a big difference?” and the impact of the Norman Invasion on the city of Norwich. It made us wonder if the Normans hadn’t invaded would Norwich have a Castle or a Cathedral made of French limestone?

Year 5 had the opportunity to put their engineer skills to good use when taking part in an arch building workshop at the Cathedral. We discussed how we thought people in the past built structures without the use of modern technology. We think that the Norwich Cathedral is beautiful and we are impressed by the skills of those who built and crafted each stone.

We were amazed at the size of the Cathedral and thought that the stained glass and stone carvings were beautiful. We enjoyed finding out about the jobs and the lives of the people who built, lived and worked in the Cathedral as well as the roles of people today.

What a fabulous trip.

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