Design & Technology: Key Stage 1

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

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Kapow Primary's topics are based on the D&T Association's Projects on a Page scheme, with pupils' skills and knowledge being developed across five key areas: structures, mechanisms, electrical systems, cooking and nutrition and textiles.

Year 1

4 lessons
Food: Fruit and vegetables
4 lessons
Mechanisms: Making a moving story book
4 lessons
Structures: Constructing a windmill
Inspired by the song, ‘Mouse in a windmill’, children design, decorate and build a windmill for their mouse client to live in, developing an understanding of different types of windmill, how they work and their key features.
4 lessons
Textiles: Puppets
4 lessons
Mechanisms: Wheels and axles
Children learn about the main components of a wheeled vehicle; experiment with mechanisms to help them develop their understanding of how wheels, axels and axel holders work; assume the role of a mechanic to problem-solve why wheels won't rotate; demonstrate learning by designing and building their own moving vehicles.

Year 2

4 lessons
Food: A balanced diet
4 lessons
Mechanisms: Making a moving monster
4 lessons
Structures: Baby Bear’s chair
4 lessons
Textiles: Pouches
4 lessons
Mechanisms: Fairground wheel
This unit brings together the children’s knowledge of mechanisms and structures. They design and create their own Ferris wheels, considering how the different components fit together so that their wheels rotate and their structures stand freely. Pupils select appropriate materials and develop their cutting and joining skills to create a final product.