15 Dec Year 6 DT – designing, making and evaluating packaging.
On the run up to the annual Holy Trinity Eco fair, Year 6 have planned, designed and evaluated packaging for delicious, festive truffles.
Using market research to inform their plans, Year 6 looked at a variety of different shaped, sized and coloured chocolate boxes on the market at present. The children looked at how the colour of the packaging appealed to their audience; how the design of the logo attracted younger customers and how the way the product opened and closed might affect the ease of producing more than one box.
Having looked at the varieties which are available, Year 6 then set out to create their own, one of a kind, packaging designs. In their groups, they had to create a sales pitch (in the style of The Apprentice, off course) to convince their teacher that their product was the best, most innovative design on the market. Using their skills in planning and designing, the children were able to come up with fantastic, funny and convincing pitches even Alan Sugar wouldn’t have been to turn down!
Making the nets for their packaging was the trickiest part – but the children persevered. They drew them onto squared paper to help them get the correct scale and then made them to check that it was (possible) easy to make. After testing and refining their designs each group set out to make their products. Using card and recycled items they brought in from home, the children of year 6 worked hard to create the magnificent packages you might’ve seen at the Eco fair, if you were quick enough!
Then off course came the truffles. We spent a morning, weighing out the ingredients, mixing by hand and forming our perfectly shaped truffles. They were delicious! Year 6 then packaged them up and set out to sell them! They did- in a record amount of time!
Well done Pine, Holly and Chestnut! You did a fantastic job.