Design & Technology: Key Stage 1

Lesson plans and teacher videos to instill confidence in your teaching of D&T

Choose your unit - Year 1 and Year 2

Kapow Primary's topics are based on the D&T Association's Projects on a Page themes, with pupils' skills and knowledge being developed across five key areas: structures, mechanisms, electrical systems, cooking and nutrition and textiles. Units can be taught within any order within the year group, as progression builds upon learning from the previous year.

Year 1

Mechanisms: Making a moving story book

Explore slider mechanisms and the movement they output, to design, make and evaluate a moving storybook from a range of templates.

Structures: Constructing a windmill

Inspired by the song, ‘Mouse in a windmill’, design and construct a windmill for a client (mouse) to live in. Explore various types of windmill, how they work and their key features.

Textiles: Puppets

Explore methods of joining fabric. Design and make a character-based hand puppet using a preferred joining technique, before decorating.

Example theme: Storybook character. Alternative theme: Easter animals

Mechanisms: Wheels and axles

Learn about the key parts of a wheeled vehicle, to develop an understanding of how wheels, axles and axle holders work. Design and make a moving vehicle.

Cooking and nutrition: Fruit and vegetables

Learn to distinguish between fruit and vegetables and where they grow. Design a fruit and vegetable smoothie and accompanying packaging.

Year 2

Mechanisms: Fairground wheel

Design and create a functional Ferris wheel, learn how different components fit together so that the wheel rotates and the structure stands freely.

Cooking and nutrition: A balanced diet

Learn about the food groups (carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables, dairy, oils and spreads) to understand a balanced diet to develop a healthy wrap.

Mechanisms: Making a moving monster

Explore levers, linkages and pivots through existing products and experimentation, use this research to construct and assemble a moving monster.

Example theme: Moving monster. Alternative theme: Easter – Mechanical animals

Structures: Baby Bear’s chair

Explore stability and methods to strengthen structures, to understand Baby Bear’s chair weaknesses and develop an improved solution for him to use.

Textiles: Pouches

Learn how to sew a running stitch ready to design, make and decorate a pouch using a template.