Year 1 Design and Technology

Parkfielders will be taught the full coverage of the KS1 and KS2 Design & Technology curriculum and this is categorised into five content areas: Structures, Mechanisms, Electrical Systems (KS2 only), Cooking and Nutrition and Textiles.

There are then four strands that run through each topic: Design, Make, Evaluate and Technical Knowledge.

Autumn Term

Making a Moving Book (Mechanisms)

In this topic children explore levers and sliders to make a moving story book.

  1. To explore making mechanisms
  2. To design a moving story book
  3. To construct a moving story book
  4. To evaluate my finished product

National Curriculum Objectives

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles]
  • Design purposeful, functional appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model, and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • Select and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks (for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing)
  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Evaluate their ideas against design criteria

Spring Term

Constructing a Windmill (Structures)

Through the theme of windmills, pupils design and create their own structure and functioning windmill.

  1. To include individual preferences and requirements in my design
  2. To make a stable structure
  3. To assemble the components of my structure
  4. To evaluate my project and adapt my design

National Curriculum Objectives

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, according to their characteristics
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against design criteria
  • Build structures, exploring how they can be made stronger, stiffer and more stable
  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks [for example, cutting, shaping, joining and finishing]
  • Explore and use mechanisms [for example, levers, sliders, wheels and axles] in their products

Summer Term

Puppets (Textiles)

Children learn the different ways they can join fabrics together through the creation of a puppet.

  1. To join fabrics together using different methods
  2. To use a template to create my design
  3. To join two fabrics together accurately
  4. To embellish my design using joining methods

National Curriculum Objectives

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves or other users based on design criteria.