Year 2 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

Baby Bears Chair (Structures)

Pupils experiment with different shapes and manipulate materials to explore and evaluate a range of structural properties. They apply this knowledge to their own design, make and test task

  1. To explore the concept and features of structures
  2. To compare the stability of different shapes
  3. To explore strength in different structures
  4. To understand that the shape of the structure affects its strength
  5. To make a structure according to design criteria
  6. To produce a finished structure
  7. To evaluate the strength, stiffness and stability of their structure

National Curriculum Objectives

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • 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 wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients, according to their characteristics
  • 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

Spring Term

Pouches (Textiles)

Children design and make their own wallet or purse, learning to use running stitch to join two pieces of fabric together

  1. To sew a running stitch
  2. To cut fabric using a template
  3. To join fabrics using a running stitch
  4. To decorate a pouch using fabric glue or stitching

National Curriculum Objectives

  • Select from and use a range of tools and equipment to perform practical tasks
  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users
  • Select from and use a wide range of materials and components, including construction materials, textiles and ingredients according to their characteristics
  • Evaluate their ideas and products against a design criteria

Summer Term

Fairground Wheel (Mechanisms)

Pupils explore existing mechanisms in order to design, test and make their own big wheel style ride

  1. To explore wheel mechanisms and design a wheel
  2. To select appropriate materials
  3. To build and test a moving wheel
  4. To make and evaluate a structure with a rotating wheel

National Curriculum Objectives

  • Explore and evaluate a range of existing products
  • Generate, develop and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology
  • Explore and use mechanisms in their products
  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria
  • Evaluate their own ideas and products against a 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